Artists and their Day jobs - Part 4

Meet two artists who have a unique take on their day jobs! Rose left her career as a high-end artist and became a full-time dedicated mum. Ofcourse, she continues to be an artist with her brand, Wolfgang and Rose. I started following her art through a mutual friend many years ago, and we finally met at the Finders Keepers market last year! 

I first connected with Michael through... you guessed it! Instagram - The place where artists hang out! Michael is classically trained through the Julian Ashton Art School and is part of a group of high-calibre artists called Project 504, some of whom are Archibald finalists. He works on the side as a film extra. How's that for a day job?

Both are an inspiration to me and I'm grateful to have connected with them!

 

Rose Miller

Sydney, Australia

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Wolfgang and Rose

1. What kind of art do you create?
I'm a trick of all trades, oil, watercolour painting, I make dolls, I'm a designer, basically anything pretty and bright- I am your lady!

2. What is your day job?
A mum. I'm the leader of our family pack.

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
Ask your own mother that question and I'm pretty sure she will have the same answers as me. Make her a cup of tea while you listen.

4. What is your dream?
To live in a world of peace and plenty for all. I'd love a little farm full of animals, fresh produce and sun where I'd paint in my little cottage and bake cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Michael Simms

Sydney, Australia

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1. What kind of art do you create?
I paint and draw, moving between portraiture, landscapes and allegorical artworks.

2. What is your day job?
I work in a shared studio space with five other artists in North Sydney called Project 504, creating paintings and drawings for exhibitions. 

I’m also with an agency that casts extras in film and television, and do sporadic work on shows like ‘Home and Away’, ‘Love Child’ and ‘A Place to Call Home’. 

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I love creating art in a shared environment where artists spur each other on. I enjoy receiving their feedback and it’s energising working together on projects. There’s nothing I dislike about it. 

When it comes to working as an extra, I enjoy the insight I get into the film and television industry – particularly on large productions that involve a lot of costumes and hair and makeup. The only drawback is the early starts (I’m not a morning person at all) and if you’ve ever watched the Ricky Gervais series ‘Extras’, elements of that ring true….

4. What is your dream?
I dream of creating large-scale paintings and drawings and would also love to make a film. I hope that some day I’ll have the resources and skills to execute them! 

Generally speaking, I also aspire to enjoy the many wonders the world has to offer alongside a fulfilling career as an artist.

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Artists and their day jobs - Part 3

As artists, we draw inspiration from all sorts of different places. Some unlikely! Our environment can be a strong influence on how we create art. In this instalment, two artists share about how their current day job influences their art. 

 

Benj Wojciechowski

Sydney, Australia

 

1. What kind of art do you create?
I have traditionally drawn animals, cartoons, objects and portraits in pencil or biro and strive for realism in my work. I've found that my day job has changed the way I create art. Most of it now is digital. I use a wacom tablet to draw portraits and I love the flexibility and ease you have to switch between brushes, millions of colours and tools for manipulating your artwork all with a few clicks and hand gestures.

2. What is your day job?
I've been a graphic designer and finished artist for almost 10 years. I have worked between studios and freelance designing and image making for print, websites, video, brand identity and commercial interiors. I'm now engaged full-time as a designer at a television network helping out with advertising and promotions.

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I don't think I'm alone in saying that as an artist or creatively minded person, I have a myriad of ambitions and want to be devoting more time to creative pursuits in illustration, exhibiting, product making and promoting my art. Having a 9-5 day job definitely makes it harder to make time or even have the energy to put into what I love most after hours.

4. What is your dream?
To somehow defy the odds at being a starving artist and making it sustainable full-time ;)

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See Benj's art on:

benj.com.au

Facebook: @benj.wojciechowski

Insta: @benj.au

Twitter: @benj_au

Snapchat: ohheyitsbenj

LinkedIn: Benj Wojciechowski


Laura Bundesen

Huntington, MA U.S.

1. What kind of art do you create?
I'm a mixed media artist with a heavy emphasis on fibre art and hand embroidery, currently working on a Neuro Art series exploring the magnificent and mysterious human brain and how it works.

2. What is your day job?
I'm a part time Sponsored Research Officer at an all women's college. I help 200+ faculty across campus submit grant proposals to pursue their research. Most of the proposals I submit are to federal agencies like the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes for Health.

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I do like the regular paycheck, great benefits and paid vacation time! I never worry about whether my art is selling and it gives me the creative space to try new things that can fail without stress. AND, I really like the faculty that I work with and the process of reading, editing and submitting proposals. I get to know about a lot of interesting stuff. And the Neuroscience faculty tell me when I'm getting off base with my Neuro Art. That's a bonus!

4. What is your dream?
I'd like to build my art business and following so that I'm not dependent on the paycheck as much. While I have no intention to quit the day job before retirement age hits (about another 5-6 years) I would love to be in the position to take an unpaid leave of absence from the day job and pursue an artist residency. 

See Laura's art on:

www.laurabundesen.com

Facebook: @LauraBundesen.Artist

Insta: @laurabundesen

Pinterest: @laurabund

Artists and their day jobs - Part 2

I used to think having a day job was a bad thing. It's as though it was only necessary until the 'dream' came true. You're supposed to hate your 9 to 5, right? "I'm just there to pay the bills"! Right?

I certainly felt that way in some previous roles. However, my perspective of working a day job has shifted in recent years. Does your work have to define you? Artist or not? Isn't it better to make the most of the work you've got, and to find ways to be creative? I learnt an interesting perspective from this interview with Sydney artist, Alesandro Ljubicic, who talks about how a day job can ground you. Despite sellout shows, he says that no matter how successful he becomes as an artist, he would still keep his day job!

In this instalment of interviews, three more inspiring artists share their stories and they like their day jobs just fine. One is lucky enough to have a day job creating art! 

 

Maria Waye

Toronto, Canada

1. What kind of art do you create?
Oil paintings of flowers and plants that celebrate their diversity and uniqueness

2. What is your day job?
I paint custom oil portraits for clients from around the world.

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
It's fun to surprise and delight my clients by putting a lot of thought and creativity into each portrait.

4. What is your dream?
To continue to grow as an artist, so I can give my best self to the world.

 

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Maria Waye

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Karen Redlich

Sydney, Australia

1. What kind of art do you create?
Graphic design, cartoon zines, cards, acrylic paintings

2. What is your day job?
Librarian, part-time

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I like reading and the elements of design in my job. I also like having a steady pay check. I dislike having to deal with people several days a week as I prefer my own company. Also, it's hard to focus on the library if I have an exciting art project on the go!

4. What is your dream?
To sell some more paintings and keep doing fun graphics/ illustration projects.

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Vee Sheet

Sydney, Australia

1. What kind of art do you create?
I love drawing portraits using charcoal or graphite and still life with ballpen or charcoal. The longer the work takes, the more it excites me. Art is my passion.

2. What is your day job?
I am an IT professional leading a team of software developers driving a critical project for a Government organisation.

3. What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
It keeps me busy and lets me know the value of time.  I dislike none at the moment. If I disliked it, I would never have been working in a day job!

4. What is your dream?
I usually don't dream, I like it real. Love living in the present, the now. Make it or Break it!

(I'd have to say, well said Vee!)

 

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Artists and their day jobs - Part 1

It's common for an artist to work a normal 9 to 5 and create art after hours - often during the evenings and weekends. It involves stealing time away from the usual responsibilities of life. Many of us not only have jobs, but also routines, bills to pay, families and friends who compete for our time. And yet, we invest a little each day, week, evening or whenever we can to nourish our creativity and build our businesses on the side. Most importantly, we value the moments we get to dedicate ourselves to our craft.

I interview a handful of artists from different walks of life, who share their experience in juggling their art with careers, families and other everyday responsibilities. How do we do it? 

These are our stories.

 

David Coleman

What kind of art do you create?
Portraiture, landscapes, figurative, still life in watercolor, pastels, oils and graphite.

What is your day job?
Cabinet Maker/ Assistant Production Supervisor

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
It's steady and I'm working with my hands all day. It is yet another outlet for my creativity and problem-solving skills. And it is for a great company committed to a great user experience and high customer satisfaction. As well as that, I get to work with a team of like-minded artisans!

What is your dream?
Continue to paint and sell my artwork and travel to different locations.

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Sonia Wilkinson

What kind of art do you create?
Acrylic paintings, in a quirky, funny face done in a cubist style.

What is your day job?
Graphic Design.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I'm working in a very corporate company, where creativity died many years ago.

What is your dream?
To get out of my graphic design career and work from home, self employed, again. But doing it right where I actually make money. I also want to help others find their creativity and perhaps even a career in the creative arts if that works for them.

 Sonia Wilkinson

Sonia Wilkinson

See Sonia's art on: 

Soniawilkinsonart.com

 


Tana lynn Moldovanos

What kind of art do you create?
Encaustic & acrylic paintings

What is your day job?
I am a makeup artist in the TV and film industry.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
Love that it is a creative job, hate that I work 14 - 16 hours a day.

What is your dream?
To make a good living painting full time!

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Lynde Young

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What kind of art do you create?
Digital, aquamedia painting, and paper sculpture.

What is your day job?
My paying job is as a manager of a bookstore, restaurant and a 2 unit B&B. I am also the CEO of a non-profit social services virtual library, without pay.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
The paying job has given me the income to buy my first house at 64 years of age. It is also paying for the house remodel, which includes my new inside and outside studio spaces. I've had my first studio space since 1999. I have no dislike of my job, except for the time it takes. I like the security of the JOB and the public interaction it affords.

What is your dream?
To be debt free by 2021 and able to work only at making art and managing a crew to do the restaurant work.

 Lynde Young

Lynde Young

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