This is about what’s important.
It’s about what matters to you. About how you’re going to get it done and feel good about it. Managing your time, ambitions, energy, skills, expectations, business and responsibilities, distractions – how will you be the artist you know you can be?
Sometimes you feel overwhelmed.
There’s so much to do. You ask yourself if you’re really creating as much as you could. Or as well. If your art career might get more traction if you had more time to work on it. If there’s a way to get your art into the world more easily, or to feel less at the end of the day like you didn’t do what you wanted. And more like the productive, fulfilled and visible artist you’ve been dreaming about being.
If you ask yourself questions like these, you definitely aren’t alone. Managing multiple expectations, structuring your daily life so it supports regular art time, and feeling satisfied with your choices are ongoing struggles for many artists.
The good news? You can use your creative brain to figure all this out. You can ask different questions, questions that will help you be your best artist self without so much struggle.
What do you want?
What’s important enough so you can commit to it?
If you don’t know what’s important, how do you know whether to do it or not?
Maybe you want a more regular art making practice. Or more attention for the art you make. Maybe you want accountability. A sense of direction with regard to your art career. Proactivity in your art business. Sound art business skills.
And you know what you no longer want.
Procrastination. Self-criticism. Confusion. Frustration.
You’ve come to the right place.
I developed Artist Mentoring to help you transform.
Because I know how you feel. I’ve been an artist for over 30 years. I’ve experienced everything you’re dealing with. I’ve learned how to keep myself going. How to make my art, how to send it into the world, how to start over and over again. And I’ve developed a personal storehouse of information, skills and understanding.
Now, all I have learned is at your disposal – to help you create the art career you want.
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As a career artist and former art gallery owner I have years of experience with the will and faith needed to make and keep making art and with the nuts and bolts of getting that art to its audience. I’ve exhibited for three decades, with more than two dozen solo or two-person exhibitions as well as over 40 group shows. My paintings have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council, are held in many public and private collections, and have been represented in exhibition catalogues and reviewed in newspapers and magazines. In the visual arts I’ve worked as maker, organizer, teacher, mentor, adjudicator, writer, and curator. I’m proud to hold the Canadian Artists Representation “Tony” Award for service to the visual arts in Saskatchewan and the Centennial Leadership Award for Service to the Province of Saskatchewan. In addition to freelance writing about the business of art for artists, I’ve been writer, researcher and editor of the Saskatchewan Visual Arts Handbook, published by CARFAC Saskatchewan. I owned and operated Grasslands Gallery for five years, until I decided in 2014 to close it so I could spend more time with my own studio practice. I’m technologically literate. I love to learn. It’s a core value for me – I take classes, engage coaches, and conduct a self-education practice, so I can continue my own artistic and business growth. And please feel free to ask any further questions you may have!
I will give you personalized support, life experience, assessment, encouragement and feedback as you make and take your art to the world.
Here’s how you begin:
You take the first step in your next direction. You make the commitment to your artistic career. You decide that you want things to be different.
Then you contact me. You invest the time and focus needed to tell me what you’re dealing with, and I’ll invest the same in you.
Here are the questions I want you to answer.
- Your name.
- Your email address
- Your time zone or nearest major city
- Your website and any relevant online portfolios or social networking profiles
- Your art form and how long you’ve been working in it
- How do you describe your artwork?
- What challenges are you currently facing? Creatively? Personally? Professionally?
- Why are you interested in working with me right now?
- How do you want to transform your artwork and your art career?
- What are the biggest obstacles standing in your way?
All answers are treated as strictly confidential.
You can click here to get to my contact page.
How do I work with you?
I limit my mentoring practice to a small number of very carefully selected clients, who receive in-depth attention to transform their art, career or business.
Mentoring sessions take place via Skype or phone.
Before I take on a client, I want us both to be 100% sure we’re a good fit for working together.
So for serious applicants, I provide a half-hour introductory session where we get straight down to work on your goals. This is the only way we can both know for sure whether I’m the right mentor for you.
There is no charge for the introductory session – and no guarantee I will offer you a mentoring place afterwards.
But if we’re a good fit, you’ll make a three month commitment, for one mentoring session each month. The cost for this commitment is CDN $300 and the term is renewable as needed.
Once you make that commitment, I trust you. So at the beginning of each month I’ll invoice you one-third percent of the full fee. Nothing up front, just a monthly pay as you go. You can pay by e-transfer, credit card, or PayPal account.
All sessions in your three-month program are one hour long. We’ll set up their timing once we’re in process.
This is my most intense program. It gets results. My clients make huge changes.
Are you ready to do the same thing?
I always loved what I called making things, but as I was growing up I never met an artist or saw an original piece of art. Then, in eleventh grade, a new girl moved to my school—a girl who had spent her childhood in galleries and art classes. With her as my new sense of what was possible, I began college two years later as a painting major in a BFA program. Since then my art career has taken many twists and turns, but there’s never really been anything else I wanted to do.
Now I live and work in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, gateway to Grasslands National Park and one of Canada’s most beautiful and remote regions, where I paint full time. Inspired by both the beauty and the remoteness, I make oil paintings that consider how we perceive beauty and what we think beauty is. My paintings look realistic but they’re not just about surface appearances. I decided a long time ago that if I could paint someone or something so it looked the most like itself, it might help us see not just the painting’s subject, but ourselves in it. I want to say, “See how beautiful this is. How beautiful you are. Look at how much is there. Just look.”
My exhibition career spans 35 years and more than two dozen solo and two-person exhibitions as well as over 40 group shows. My paintings have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council, are held in many public and private collections, and have been represented in exhibition catalogues and reviewed in newspapers and magazines. I have contributed widely to Canada’s artistic community as organizer, teacher, mentor, writer, and curator. I hold the Canadian Artists Representation “Tony” Award for service to the visual arts in Saskatchewan and the Centennial Leadership Award for Service to the Province of Saskatchewan.