|Fiona with 'The Silk Road and Human Exchange,' before it went to China|
My advice has always been never to give up. Being rejected is part of the territory and I know of many renowned artists who were rejected from everything before finally getting an opportunity that was career-changing. I have had quite a long road but I always try to generate new skills and to improve my work along the way. It is important to see yourself, your work, and your blog as a work in progress.
|'Fiona's World,' oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 45 cm|
|'Paphos Walk,' oil and acrylic on board, 40 x 30 cm|
Gone are the days when artists posted 10 photos with an SAE to a gallery, in the hope they would be returned with an offer of representation! Rarely were the photos returned and often there was no response. Much time is saved now because you can email website links to galleries and if you have a web presence, then galleries and collectors can find you. Having a presence on social media also helps and I have received opportunities and a residency through my work being seen on Facebook
One of the aspects of blog writing that keeps me writing is that it allows me to evaluate my direction and to contemplate how my work may be evolving. My blog shows me that the work has evolved and will keep evolving. It is also really encouraging to know that people follow you and then click the link to your website!