Two years ago, Suzanne Gibbs entered my Art Biz Inner Circle and began taking full advantage of everything that was offered.
As an aside, although we no longer offer the Inner Circle, we do continue to support artists through the Art Career Success System and our new small group artist masterminds. But, no matter how hard we try, we can’t make you do the work, whether it's business or studio based.
And that's where Suzanne's story comes in.
What Suzanne wanted to share in this episode of the podcast is critical to every artist's success.
She and I started talking about the idea of doing less (not more) in order to accomplish your goals, but it turned into a conversation about focusing more. Focusing on what matters. For Suzanne, that meant making a new body of work.
Nothing is more important to your professionalism as an artist than a consistent studio practice. Nothing!
Music by Wildermiss.
We discuss the following.
- Why Suzanne felt like she was approaching her art career like an amateur in early 2018.
- The trap Suzanne fell into of thinking that she needed to take advantage of everything that was offered.
- The vast difference in how Suzanne approached her art business over the course of 2 years, and what the turning point was.
- Why doing less = focusing more.
- There's no such thing as balance.
- How Suzanne prepared for her self-directed studio retreat over the summer to ensure that she maximized her focus and production.
- How she got over FOMO (fear of missing out).
- Why it's been critical for Suzanne to have trusted artists and friends to support her during this period of growth.
- The motivation Suzanne received from her work that kept her from feeling she was missing out on having her hand in everything.
- How Suzanne's dedicated practice of journaling keeps her grounded and focused.
About My Guest
Suzanne Gibbs is an artist and author based in Portland, Oregon. She creates contemporary abstract portraits exploring the roles of women, in particular homemakers, in society. In 2013 she graduated from Claremont Graduate University’s MFA program. She received her MS in Communication from the University of Portland and a BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon University. She also studied drawing and painting at Napa Valley Community College and Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Throughout her career, Suzanne has taught art and creativity workshops to students of all ages in schools, museums, private homes, and from her studio. Her work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.
Follow Suzanne on Instagram: @suzannegibbsart
Music by Wildermiss.
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