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Martin Asks: Linda, How do you distinguish yourself as a painter when there are hundreds of painters doing landscapes in every state?
Martin you are so right. There are probably thousands of painters here in Florida doing landscapes. Part of the solution is hard work in front of the easel every day. It takes quite some time to become a painter of merit. I didn't learn to paint until I was at least 50 years old. I started painting at 8 years old. I have painted all of my life. I'm a slow learner but I never gave up or entertained the idea that I would fail.
The next step is to figure out what you really want as a career in the arts. There are two kinds of career paths. The first is recognition and at least local fame. To achieve that you must build a name for yourself by doing juried competitions, joining clubs and associations, traveling to workshops and being seen with the right painters. Gripping and grinning all the way with the right sort of collectors.I did all that as a young painter adding art degrees along the way.
The second way is the path I take now. I don't worry anymore about winning awards, meeting the right people or any of that. I paint what I love and my collectors are people I love dearly as friends. We have the same interests and passions. I have developed a niche for myself with subjects of trees and rural agricultural lands. I was born country and live that life with joy now.
I market my work to a carefully nurtured collector base and continue to paint what I love so much. My work is an authentic look at farms, ranches and trees. It makesme happy to paint these subjects and so I am content to do that without the world of art openings.
Paint with love of subject and devotion to the people who support you. Simple and effective advice.
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