Unless you own a money tree, you probably have had to work at a job other than art at one time or another. Even the most famous artists have had to work at other jobs early in their careers.
I’ve lost count of the number of jobs I have had over the years. My most recent employment has been as a fish plant worker for 7 years. That fish plant is closed now, and I’ve been out of the “work force” for about a year. But, I have been making the best of the situation by working on my art, and blogging here at Artpromotivate (both of which are a full time job).
I have asked the artists in the artist spotlight this question: “Do you have a job besides being an artist?”
Read on to see how they answer this question.
- Dennis Sheil
Napa Valley area, CA USA
Style: Primarily abstract
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, mixed media acrylic on canvas
”I am an office/field engineer for a construction management firm. Additionally, my wife and I are owners of Rio Vista Pizza Factory in Rio Vista, CA. Both of these jobs are very rewarding, but also very stressful at times. Abstract and non-representational painting gives me an opportunity to let go of the finite, structured details I deal with as an office engineer and business owner. It is incredibly liberating and fulfilling to be able to dump the data, let loose, and let the paint flow.”
- Ruslana Lev
Style: Varies, Mostly representational
Medium: painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, acrylic on glass), drawing (ink, pencil, charcoal), sculpture
”I sometimes teach at Halyna's Art and Design Academy as well as have organized workshops, especially around Easter Egg painting in a traditional style of 'pysanky'.”
- Deborah Parks
Style: Abstract Realism
Medium: Acrylics, oils, graphite, color pencil
”My only regret is that I listened to my parents and instead of following my passion I got a full-time job; then another job, and another. I was never happy and never fit in the 9-5 daily grind. Only when I am creating am I happy!”
- Kevin Nodland
Pinellas Park, Florida, United States
Style: Abstract expressionism, Surrealism, Digital Expression
Medium: Pen and ink, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, and digital design.
”I did have a job as a printer on pens for 15 years until my back went out and surgery did not fix it, so they fired me in April 2013, that's why I went full time artist.”
- Debra Purcell
Style: Nueve Pointillism
”Housewife and mother. I paint daily. Love to take care of the home, my husband and children in between each color drying!”
- Brandy Manuel
Style: Expressionism, Realism
Medium: Charcoal, pastels, oils, acrylic
”Well, as you can imagine I have to hold down a steady job to pay my student loans. I work for a Telecommunications company as a contractor and do provisioning work, build spreadsheets, order completion, and the like. My coworkers enjoy artwork, and I rotate my cubicle display regularly.”
- Ksusha Scott
Medium: Oil and acrylic
”Besides doing art and related art projects I'm a full time mom. I have a 2 wonderful boys age of 6 and 1. My life is very busy and rewarding.”
- Lana Arft
Style: abstract mostly
Medium: acrylic and mixed media
”I am currently not working. I worked retail for many years and I'll never do it again.”
- Ion Vincent Danu
Quebec, Canada, now for a while in Sibiu, Romania, Europe.
Style: An (original, I hope) mixture of post-impressionism, expressionism and surrealism, depending on mood; sometimes, abstract expressionism too.
Medium: acrylics, watercolor, ink, pastel
”I've teached artistical expression (acrylics and watercolor) to catholic nuns in a private institute for 10 years. But I've also worked in a Call center when times were hard. Strictly to pay the bills.”
- Leonor Braga
Orlando, Florida, United States - originally from from Caracas, Venezuela.
Style: Contemporary Art, I enjoy to paint textured abstract art and some traditional art.
Medium: I work with different types of mediums including oil, acrylic, ink , pastels and texture. But for now I have been enjoying working with acrylic and textures on canvas doing abstract art and some traditional art.
”I have worked more than 25 years in executive firms, now I am retired doing what I was meant to do in my life create art.”
What about you? Are you currently working at a job other than art, or have you in the past?