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Lucky

Lucky

When I graduated from college, the last thing I wanted was to live in Atlanta, GA. I had spent my whole life in the peach state. With my college degree from the University of Georgia in hand, I jumped on a plane to interview for design jobs in New York City without luck. Disappointed, I returned home and took a job with a French telecommunications company. Not a likely choice for an artist, but I was twenty-one, fresh out of college and wanted out of my parents’ house. I was totally qualified. ...

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Pardon My French

Pardon My French

Artists are people who do things. We challenge the status quo, fight for peace, and quite frankly, we sometimes change the world. This often puts us in harm’s way of unsolicited nasty criticism. After many years of putting my work out into the universe, I can quickly identify those who approach me with sincerity and respect versus those who maneuver with an agenda that has nothing to do with me -- or my art. For me, critics fall into two categories: Category 1 critics are helpful and empower ar...

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ROI: The Big Return on Interns

ROI: The Big Return on Interns

Entrepreneurial artist and burnt-out mommy trying to keep her businesses going, Party of One!  Ugh! You know how it is when you are struggling to make ends meet and dealing with the worst case of split ends you’ve ever had. That was me in a nutshell. The adjustment to parenthood plus working part time was kicking my derrière and I needed help.  About four different people suggested getting an intern. I didn’t listen at first. I have had interns before with mixed results. I once had an intern ...

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My Art Belongs to Daddy

My Art Belongs to Daddy

When your daughter tells you she wants to be an artist, it worries even the most optimistic parents.  It's a long hard road of challenging obstacles.  Will her career be stable? Will she ever leave our house? How will she get a dental plan? What does her future look like?  Don't even get me started about the physical labor associated with helping her hang an outdoor art show, ship paintings, erect a trade show booth, build frames or stretch canvases. In addition, parents also have the daily jo...

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