To define success as a visual artist is to uncover the boundless freedom of self-expression, painting a canvas of personal fulfillment and artistic authenticity.

— Barney Davey

The Struggle with Conventional Definitions of Success 

Are you tired of trying to fit into someone else’s definition of success as a visual artist? Do you secretly feel guilty or unworthy for not meeting your potential or living up to the expectations of others?

As an artist, it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s definition of success—money, fame, and reputation—but at what cost?  It’s wise to heed the fortune cookie’s advice, ” You don’t need fame and fortune to be fabulous!”

Defining Success on Your Terms  

It’s time to challenge the norm and define success on your terms. Forget about society’s definition of wealth and reputation. It’s time to create your path and pave the way for others to do the same. Success doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your passion or compromising your values.  

Breaking Free from External Expectations   

Perhaps you’re thinking, “But can I really make a living doing what I love?” “Will people take me seriously as an artist if I don’t have thousands of followers on Instagram?” The simple answer is, “Yes!” Success is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Defining success on your terms opens the door to endless possibilities and opportunities.  

Guidance on the Journey  

Let’s take the first step on this journey together. In this blog post, I will guide you to defining wealth and reputation as a visual artist. I promise that by the end of it, you’ll have a clearer sense of direction and the motivation to pursue your passion on your terms. Let’s get started. 

The Road to Success: Embracing Your Unique Path 

The Uphill Battle as an Artist 

The road to success as a visual artist can often feel like an uphill battle. Society bombards us with expectations and measures of achievement that may not align with our artistic vision. It’s no wonder that many artists find themselves feeling guilty or inadequate for not meeting these external standards. But I want you to know it’s time to let go of those expectations and define success your way. 

The True Essence of Success 

Success as an artist goes beyond wealth and reputation. It’s about staying true to your artistic voice, creating work that speaks to your soul, and connecting with others through your art. It’s about finding fulfillment and joy in your creative process, regardless of financial gain or recognition. 

Defining Your Vision of Success 

So how do you define your version of success? Start by asking yourself: What brings you the most joy and satisfaction as an artist? Is it the process of creating, the ability to evoke emotions in others, or the impact your art has on society? Whatever it may be, embrace it wholeheartedly. 

Embracing Uniqueness and Individuality 

Next, permit yourself to let go of society’s expectations. Remember that art is subjective, and what resonates with one person may not resonate with another. Embrace and celebrate your uniqueness, which sets you apart from the crowd. 

Creating a Supportive Network 

It’s also crucial to surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow artists who understand and appreciate your journey. Seek out artist networks, join workshops or art classes, and engage with like-minded individuals who can uplift and inspire you. 

The Journey of Growth 

As you define success on your terms, remember it’s a continuous journey of self-discovery and growth. Embrace the highs and the lows, for they are all part of your artistic evolution. Stay true to your vision, experiment, take risks, and be willing to adapt along the way. 

Self-Empowerment: Managing Your Art Business Your Way 

Art as an Extension of Yourself 

Your success is not a destination but a personal and ever-evolving path. By defining wealth and reputation your way, you are reclaiming your power as an artist and forging a fulfilling and authentic artistic journey. As such, I encourage you to embark on this empowering adventure and embrace the art of success on our terms. 

Living Authentically 

As artists, we know our creative work is an extension of ourselves. It’s not just a job or a means of making money; it’s a passion that drives us forward every day. So why should we let others dictate how we run our art businesses? Permitting ourselves to manage our art businesses our way is a ticket to freedom from the expectations of others. And with that freedom comes the opportunity to live life on our terms. 

Balancing Aspirations and Individuality 

However, doing your best work and living up to your aspirations are critical to your journey. Our better angels manifest when we’re true to ourselves and commit to being our best selves. As such, it’s crucial not to mistake doing these things as conformity. Self-empowerment is about permitting yourself to be yourself, embracing your individuality and creativity, and forging a unique path that showcases your talents and passions. 

The Power of Authenticity 

Of course, there are never guarantees that our actions and beliefs will lead to success. But there is a strong correlation between living our best lives and having virtuous circles spin up around us as a result. When we stay true to ourselves and manage our art businesses our way, we often open doors to unexpected opportunities, collaborations, and personal and professional growth. 

Embrace Your Artistic Journey 

So, please learn to believe in yourself. Seek to understand yourself deeply, and use this knowledge to embrace your self-empowerment and create a unique and vital outcropping of your intentions and actions. Remember, success isn’t just about wealth and reputation; it’s about acknowledging and respecting your individuality, pursuing your passion, and using your talents to make a difference, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.  

Empowering Your Creative Journey 

And so, defining success on your terms as a visual artist is an act of self-empowerment and liberation. It is about letting go of the expectations of others and living in the truth of your unique artistic voice. It is about recognizing and celebrating the power within you to create meaningful and authentic work. 

Living Life on Your Terms  

By managing your art business your way, you are taking control of your destiny and charting a course that aligns with your values and aspirations. It may not always be easy, but there will be ups and downs. But it’s intrinsically and personally valuable to realize an artist’s journey is not just about the destination but also about the experiences, growth, and self-discovery that happen along the way.  

Inspiring Others with Your Art  

Stay true to yourself and your artistic vision while traveling on your less-chosen path. Keep exploring, experimenting, and pushing the boundaries of your creative expression. Seek a supportive community of fellow artists who understand and appreciate your journey. Use your self-awareness advantageously, and realize it is an ongoing process of thoroughly understanding yourself and using your inner knowledge and perspective to fuel your one-of-a-kind art and business. 

Empowering a World of Artists 

While there are no guarantees in art, living your best life and pursuing your passion with integrity and authenticity will attract positive energy and opportunities. Trust in your abilities, and believe in the power of your art to touch hearts and make a difference. The world needs your unique perspective and artistic contributions. By defining success your way and managing your art business on your terms, you empower yourself and inspire others to do the same. 

Final Words: Create Your Artistic Legacy 

So go forth with confidence, creativity, and a fierce determination to live on your terms. Your artistic journey awaits, and we’ll be here cheering you on every step of the way. Let’s create a world where artists are celebrated for their individuality and ability to make a profound impact through their art. You are far more than you imagine, and you have the power to make good things happen.  

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  • The true artist eventually realizes that thinking outside the box is also limiting, and for good reason. There is no box.

    From my book, An Artist Empowered:

    “We will discover the nature of our particular genius
    when we stop trying to conform to our own or to
    other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and
    allow our natural channel to open.”

    —Shakti Gawain

  • 80 next month. Too old to run an art business. It would be great to sell but making and showing is the most important thing for me.

    • Congratulations on your approaching octogenarian status. Keep creating and enjoying the process. You are an inspiration.

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