With that being said, just because we have the freedom to chase the dream does not mean that the dream will be free - ha ha. I'm sure there are a number of ways I could have chosen to pursue my goal, but 8 years ago the only thing I knew to do was go to an art college and get a degree in studio art. This left me with close to $100,000 in student loan debt. Yikes is right.....I've tried not to think about it and just keep painting!
I am coming up on 4 years out of art school and I have been able to make a living selling my work. I started off living bare bones, renting rooms out of strangers houses for cheap rent. When I moved back to Oklahoma, I lived in a cheap 1 bedroom apartment that I painted out of for 2 years. This was not the bottom of the barrel, but I'm not going to lie and say that it wasn't a depressing place to live. I was so stressed out those first few months, terrified at the thought that I might have to get a job that would take me away from painting. Still, the situation was not exactly leaving me dancing in the meadow with joy at the prospect of not being able to pay the rent one month. Whether it was hard work, skill, hustle, good fortune, destiny or a combination of all, but thankfully that never happened.
Last year I was actually able to upgrade to a nicer place to live with a bigger studio (which is still the living room) and better light. I was even able to save some money as a safety net for the future. I was even able to go to a couple of workshops this year to try and improve my paintings again. I am thrilled to say the least with my progress and so grateful for the prosperity. 2015 was one of the happiest years of my life. But the debt is a $500+ a month burden (that's even income based payments) and I want to start chopping away at it so I can have a better future that might even include owning a home and studio!
My goal for 2016 is to chip away at that student loan debt! I have always done stretches of daily painting sketches, but this year my goal is to do one every single day.
- A daily 60 minute sketch.
- They will cover all genres and different mediums over the course of the year.
- They will start at $50 on auction with free shipping in U.S.
- I will post about them here every week and also keep you informed of my larger gallery work.
They will be available for sale and my goal this year is to be able to apply $15,000 dollars to my student loans.
Here are some of my first daily sketches (getting a jumpstart on the new year!)
"Friendly Yellows" - 6"x6" - oil on panel - 60 minute sketch
Chinese Jar against Red - 6"x6" - oil on panel - 60 minute sketch