August 31, 2013

There are so many times that have people said to me:  to be successful you must…

  • focus on one thing and be known for that
  • promote yourself
  • get in a big name gallery
  • publish a book
  • be active in social media
  • get reviewed
  • be number 1 in SEO
  • offer small limited editions and high prices
  • create unique work
  • etc, etc, etc.

Here’s the problem: how can anyone give relevant advice if they don’t know what my definition of success is?

And more importantly, how can I pursue success if I don’t know what success means to me?

I didn’t ask myself “what is success” until many decades into my career, and what I discovered was that I didn’t like the standard definitions.

I found them to be unfulfilling.

So…take a few minutes and define what you want from your art and what success means to you.


July 16, 2010

I believe that to succeed in one’s art, one must first identify what success means to them.

Sometimes when you’re younger, success simply means “rich and famous.”  But as we get older our values change, we have grown, matured and success is no longer that obvious.  Also, we start to realize that success means different things to different people.

So, what does success mean to you?  To make it easier to digest and compare answers, let’s keep our definitions to three short items.




I’m anxious to hear everyone’s thoughts.


P.S.  This question is not just for “professionals” (I dislike that distinction) but for everyone.