The Artist and The Day Job

The Artist and The Day Job

Wherever your attention goes, that is the part of your life that grows larger, gets bigger, and creates momentum.   For almost ten years, I’ve worked as a makeup artist in addition to working on my painting and drawing practice.  I remember graduating from art school and wondering how  I was going to make enough for rent, groceries, etc. and going through a mental list of possible jobs.  While I sold artwork right out of college, it wasn’t enough to sustain a basic comfortable lifestyle.  I had several short lived positions: receptionist, waitress, graphic designer, gallery assistant, art teacher– many of these were consuming enough that when you went home for the evening, you had to either prepare for the next day or continue working on client projects.  I needed something I could leave at the door, that left energy for painting.  One day, I was walking by a makeup store when the idea came to me.  The hundreds of tiny shiny pots, brushes, pretty setups, aesthetic surroundings–was this so different than painting? 

Creativity Versus Competition

Creativity Versus Competition

When you go to work, make your art or go about your business, there are so many reasons to do a good job. Keeping your word, having a good reputation and being consistent are a few reasons. But even deeper than that, I think there are two main places people come from when they create a project: creativity, or competition.

The woman who inspired “Discovery,” Therese Stark Renz

The woman who inspired “Discovery,” Therese Stark Renz

This week I finished the first painting in a new series. This series is inspired by extraordinary women throughout history whose stories are compelling. I wanted to center around women that most people have never heard of: who are not household names, but whose acts of bravery, and contributions to society have made a great impact or are amazing to think of. My goal with this series is to awaken the part of the viewer that is brave or has greatness within, and inspire them to greater heights.