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September 30, 2007


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Sheree Rensel

Your candor is refreshing. I am an artist. Trying to survive by painting alone is VERY tough. In the Nemko "Starving Artist" post you mention, he states:
"Indeed, according to a Princeton Review profile of artist careers, 90% percent of people claiming to be professional artists earn less than $1,000 a year from their art—not even enough to pay for their meals of ramen and tuna fish."
I believe this estimation. In the past year, I have been on a mission to find some of the artists who DO support themselves through their art (alone). Many artists are quick to suggest they "make it" on art sales. However there is a lot of smoke and mirrors involved with those claims. After a bit more digging, I continually found they had a working spouse, an inheritance, or they made such a small amount of money it qualifies them to be considered a true "starving" artist. Your advice to "see what is true" is very valuable. I have been an artist a long time. Yet, I have used my creative abilities to work other jobs while supporting my art.
Thanks for your honesty!
Sheree Rensel

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