"National Gallery of the Arts in Gold / Borrowed Landscape Study No.140, Washington DC"; 2017; Painting and collage on vintage postcard; 7"h x 9"w
How did you get into debt?
I borrowed money for tuition for my private art school BFA
"The White House in Gold / Borrowed Landscape Study No.100, Washington DC"; 2017; Painting and collage on vintage postcard; 7"h x 9"w
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I have to be constantly looking for opportunities to show my work in different markets, to build my resume, run a small business and at the same time produce artwork that sells. I keep an intense studio schedule to keep up with my commitments, working 6-7 days a week when I'm not traveling for deliveries, shows, etc.. I produce inventory for galleries and commissions but also participate in exhibitions, usually 3-4 a year (which have no guarantee of sales or income, as all artworks are consigned to galleries rather than purchased). On the positive side, I produce a lot of work and am incentivized to keep making more; on the downside: I don't have as much time as I'd like to experiment and explore ideas.
"The Supreme Court in Gold / Borrowed Landscape Study No.87, Washington DC"; 2017; Painting and collage on vintage postcard; 7"h x 9"w
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Because I support myself with sales, my work is definitely affected by trends in size, palette and theme, determined by audience and popularity. I naturally make "aesthetic" work but demand for certain types of paintings affect my production. I might have other projects I'd be exploring more deeply but I need to produce certain kinds of paintings that are proven to sell.