As an artist working to exhibit and sell your art, you can easily get caught up in focusing more on promoting your work than staying true to your passion. In my previous blog post, Advice for Artists: Get Your Work Noticed by a Gallery,” I discussed ways to make your art more noticeable for galleries. It is  important to not change your style or technique to please a gallery-owner in doing this, and to continue exploring and developing your skill and style.

Find your passion

Artists channel their passion by expressing themselves through endless creative mediums. For example, our artist Williams Carmona produces a wide variety of art over various mediums from paintings to installation work. Once you’ve established the medium that most appeals to you, examine why you enjoy doing it. Find challenges and learn. Constantly grow by letting your passion drive your decisions.

Once you’ve established this, you can hone your technique and define your distinct style? You can experiment with ways to express what you feel most passionately about and cultivating ways of doing so. Despite levels of experience, you can continue trying out new ways to express yourself visually.

That first step of identifying your passion and working to keep it as your primary focus is most important in success though. Because genuine expression will be felt by those who enable you to show and sell. Stay true to what you feel is authentic to your individual style despite what is asked of you.

You will therefore enjoy what you’re producing and find more exciting ways to do so, even if producing art is not your full-time job.

Keep sharing it

Finally, always share your art. The worst that can happen is rejection, and some of the most successful artists were rejected over and over again. But if you’re continuing to produce in an authentic way, without the aim of impressing, there will be acceptance and celebration of your work. Not everyone will like what you make. But practicing the bravery and social skills to present it is essential to every being shown.

So even if you start by sharing with family and friends, you’re taking a first step in the right direction. You are then not just producing for yourself. You can then get creative with how to share it, using modern technology and social media. This leads to constructive criticism, which is the best way to learn and grow.

Our fall exhibition of Tim Bengel’s work probably would have never happened if it wasn’t for the social media videos he shared of his process. The world can never have enough art, so get yours out there for people to see.