There are many approaches on being an artist. You will find below the suggestions of 3 famous and very different artists. We can take something from each of them and establish how we wish to proceed. One area I had to overcome was lack of sales. I felt I could not call myself an artist if I wasn’t selling. When I moved from St. Louis to Taos I lost my following and my sales became infrequent. I began to doubt myself then realized that regardless I was an artist. Sales have nothing to do with it. Keep in mind that many famous artists only became such after they had passed on and some never sold a thing while living but they were artists just the same.

There are so many forms of art and many who do not realize they are artists when they decorate cake, when they crochet a scarf, when they plan next year’s garden, etc. On days you cannot get to your studio you can still be an artist in how you dress, in the meal you prepare and the chores you do.

Look at everything as a prospective way to be artistic and ‘voila” you are an artist.


  • Put art before ego

  • Resist comparing yourself to other artists

  • Make your studio a sanctuary for inspiration

  • Cultivate happiness - work will flow from it


  • Embrace accidents

  • Let abstraction convey sensation

  • Give yourself time alone to connect with your emotions

  • Tear down veils of “fact”


  • Master the basics then be expressive

  • Make your own rules

  • Surround yourself with things that inspire you

  • Don’t let anything keep you from making art

You will find your way as an artist in the act of creating. Never give up!


The following are the pieces I created in November.

“Eat Your Vegetables”

“Eat Your Vegetables”



“Buffalo Nickel”

“Buffalo Nickel”



  • A recent book recommended to me, “Eye of the Sixties: Richard Pellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art” by Judith Stein.



  • Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico continues “From Calder to Chicago: Sculptors on Paper” through January 13, 2019.

  • The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico continues “Good Company: 5 Artist Communities in New Mexico” through the spring of 2019.

  • The Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico presents Robbie Steinbach’s “The City and the Shadow” from December 7 - 30.



  • The Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles, California continues “Ai Wei Wei: Zodiac” through January 5, 2019.

  • The St. Louis Museum of Art presents “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 - Present” through February 3, 2019.



  • “Picasso: The Sculptor” continues at Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy through February 3, 2019.

  • Yayoi Kusama’s “The Moving Moment When I Went to the Universe” continues at Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England through December 21st.

  • “Warhol 1968” continues at Moderna Miseet, Stockholm, Sweden through February 17, 2019.

  • “Calder: The Mobile World as a Radical Inventor” continues at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec through February 17, 2019.

  • “Jean-Michelle Basquiat continues at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France through January 4, 2019.


Here is wishing all a wonderful holiday season!


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