Updated: Sep 13
Nearly two years ago (as of the time of writing), I first stepped into Artizan Gallery. Arguably this was also my first step into working as an artist professionally, as, until this point nobody outside of friends and family had even seen my work.
I'd just been made redundant, and had already decided that wherever life takes me next, I was going to be packing up my suits and leaving my career behind me, throwing everything I could into pursuing a future I could be passionate about.
I called everybody I could think of. Interior designers, galleries, other artists, hotels, cafés- everybody I could think of that could possibly share some level of insight into how artists make this work. I had some wonderful conversations with some incredibly helpful people, kind enough to take the time to point me in the right direction.
Back to the story, Jacob and Julie at the Artizan Gallery had kindly suggested I come in with a selection of work and have a chat.
I'd been painting in a vacuum for several years prior to this point, and as such, my understanding of the art industry was limited to say the least, and as an outsider, this industry can be incredibly difficult to navigate.
Feeling pretty nervous and massively out of my depth, I showed up with everything from seascapes to equestrian portraits and a notebook with about 40 questions jotted down. Jacob was kind enough to spend over an hour helping me understand everything I needed to know about making a real crack at this.
I cherished the advice I received, and this conversation marked a turning point in my journey. Over the months that followed they kept me updated on just about everything I could want to know, upcoming opportunities to exhibit, grants that I might be eligible for, competitions, showcases, sales opportunities- everything.
Many more months later and I've exhibited with them on countless occasions, including my first solo exhibition. Throughout which they've offered me unending help and guidance, and I can't imagine how this difficult emerging period might have gone without them. They're no-doubt tired of hearing my words of appreciation for the help they've given me, but it truly cannot be overstated.
Whether you're a creator or an art-lover, you want them on your radar.