Inner-View With Artist
Exploring her inspiring art, creqtive lifestyle and living in France:
Please share your artistic background and what inspired you to become an artist:
Like most people I’ve loved art-making since I was a child, the main difference is that I just decided, at about age 16 or 17, that I wanted to make art-making my career. I had no idea exactly how to do it at the time, but I was lucky enough to have some great mentors along the way.
What do you like and dislike about living in France?
That’s such a tough question because what I like and what I dislike changes almost every day. But I can say confidently that I love the food. I love the language eventhough I find it very challenging. I also have a real appreciation for the slower pace of life and the way that the French really take time to enjoy the things that matter. Finding and admiring beauty is just part of the culture.
Things I don’t like: The dreadful winter weather, the strikes, the usual cultural differences. But anyplace is what you make of it. Now that I’ve been here for 6 years, I don’t think I’d ever go back to living in the US. Home is where you make it. I choose to be home here.
Are there any particular spots that you like to visit in France regularly for a creative buzz? Which art galleries or creative spaces would you recommend to visit while in Paris?
The Pompidou is a fantastic museum and I visit it whenever I’m in Paris. Other than that, I try to hit a few art galleries in the Marais, but to be honest I really just enjoy just sitting in a café and watching people pass by. I create better when I’m calm, well rested, and relaxed, so that’s how I spend my time in Paris.
Sometimes creative people have a hard time running the business end of things. Creativity is one thing, but marketing it and turning it into a career can be a real challenge. If you want to have a career instead of a very expensive hobby, you need to learn some real business sense up front.
Set concrete measurable goals, work towards them in baby-steps, and celebrate your smallest accomplishments. Work hard. Really hard. But learn to take time off too. Find successful people in your field that inspire you. See what they’re doing and how they run their creative business, then, if it fits what you want, follow their lead.