Does Anyone Care About Artist Statements?

It’s the last day of March and I’m going to do something I rarely do; rant.
My rant is about artist’s statements. Who reads these things? I ask because whenever I come across advise for artists on how to gain more exposure and look more professional, it’s always suggested to write a wonderful, indepth artist statement on your background, explaining why you create, what inspires you, what are you trying to express and how you do your work. This sounds great and all, but who are the people who want to know this stuff because I’ve never met them.

I’ve been selling my art seriously now since the summer of 2015 and honestly, not one person has ever asked me “So, what inspires you?” No one has ever directly asked me, messaged me, DM’d me or tweeted me “What are you trying to convey with you work?” Matter of fact when it comes to the artists whose work I absolutely love, I don’t even think about these things, their work just captures my attention and if I want to see more I try to find out whether they have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instragram account or a mailing list. And that’s it. I’m not wondering, “Hmmm, I wonder why this artist creates?”

When people do ask me questions they’re rather practical questions like, how much does this cost, do you do commissions, can you draw my dog, do you do tattoos or can you make a t-shirt? I even have analytics that track engagement on my website and about twice a year somebody clicks on my About page and surprisingly that’s more than my FAQ page. People generally just look at my work, buy something, sign up for my newsletter or leave.

So this leaves me to wonder, who are these people who read artist statements? Artists are always encouraged to create a statement but who reads these things and who actually cares? Are artist statements still important in this digital age where people can just follow your work online or subscribe to your mailing list? Maybe because I’m an independent artist who deals directly with the people who buy my work that this doesn’t seem to play a big role or appears all that important. Maybe if I was pitching my work to galleries it would be useful. I really don’t know. Maybe somebody has some insight to this, which I would welcome any enlightenment on, but for now, I have this seemly arbitrary About page on my website that tries to answer all these questions that no one ever asks.

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More Fur

I have to admit, fur is the most mind boggling thing to stipple but here I am about to go at it once again. Here’s the beginning of my next drawing, a snow leopard, for my “Share The Earth” series. These are some interesting creatures, survivors from the time of the saber tooth tiger, who are also known as “Ghosts Of The Mountains”, that roam the high altitudes of Central Asia. I’m rather fond of most creatures in the cat family but I haven’t given much attention to the snow leopard in favor of its more lowland cousin the cougar. So I’m learning much about this fascinating feline as I face the challenge of drawing its elusive beauty. Wish me luck. 😊

Sea Turtle

“Sea Turtle” by Q. Rumbley

Did you know the temperature of the sand where sea turtles lay their eggs effects the gender of the embryo? The warmer the sands are the more females are born. The cooler the sands, the more males are born. With rising climates and warmer temperatures more females are being born which could lead to an imbalance in the ratio of the genders and potentially a collapse in the sea turtle population.

This is my first completed piece for my four part art card series on animals effected by climate change. 😊

Springing Into Something New

Happy Spring. I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods but the days have been sunny and the temps in the 40s, spring is definitely in the air. This is a time for new beginnings and new adventures so I’m bringing in the season with something new to offer: downloadable mini prints, more commonly known as “printables”. Printables are digital reproductions of original art that you can purchase, download to your computer and print yourself on your home printer and then frame it or take it to a print shop and have it professionally printed, mounted and framed just the way you like.

This is a convenient way for me to offer more variety to my creative goods as well as give people more options to how the final overall look of the piece appears.

I’m offering a mini printable of “Polar Bears” (shown above) for free to anyone who signs up for my newsletter on my website (found here). It’s a mini print with a 5×7 image size specifically formatted to be printed on any 8.5×11 paper (A4 international paper) of your choosing but for best quality try white cardstock or matte white fine art paper.

I’m venturing into new territory here so I’m still working out the kinks but I plan on also offering printable 5×7 greeting cards based on my original artwork that you can keep for yourself or give to others for any occasion. So be sure to stay tuned to see what I cook up. In the meantime go sign up for my newsletter, enjoy your free mini print and have a wonderful Spring. 😀

Almost Forgot

I’ve been so busy working on new ideas and getting this little bitty finished that I forgot to do a progress update since my last post. As you can see I’m almost finished. Should be done with this lovely creature by the end of the week. 😉