My great grandmother was an artist, she spent a lot of time drawing with me when I was little. I loved looking at her paintings and she would say I could be an artist too if I practiced.
I was able to be part of a huge Popsurrealism show in Leon France, it was so much fun and such an honor.
I love the work of Lolo (Lauren Ys). There is a lot of strength and meaning in her work, also just plain fun and super creative.
Tatiana Suarez, Lolo (aka Lauren Ys), Hueman (aka Allison), Robin Eisenburge, Amy Sol
I have always loved painting and making things. My mother tells me even as a child I was straight to the painting easel at nursery.
Be supportive of other female artists. We all face the same challenges. We need more allies and less critics.
Even though its a wartime propaganda piece, when I see the "We Can Do It!" Rosie the Riveter poster, I think yes, yes we can do it.
I couldn't afford art school, even though I was [accepted] into a few. So I went to make-up school with the scholarship I had and was a fashion make-up artist for years. As an adult I enrolled in art school, which is when I decided to go for being an artist full time.
No awards, I am still fairly new to all this, I am just very proud that I can make a living doing what I love, also see a piece up in someones home on social media.
Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tamara de Lempicka, Natalie Foss, Amy Sherald
Everything that I was surrounded with since I was a child inspired me to become an artist. The continuous growth and rapid change in the city I lived, the hypocrisy of culture and its ability to stagnate growth and the human will to push past it.
I was fortunate enough to have an extremely supportive family and we overcame all the obstacles together as a unit for which I'm very grateful. The biggest obstacle was the stigma attached to being an artist in my culture over a decade ago. It was always viewed as a hobby and never a profession.
My artwork 'The Silent One II', one of four paintings, each depicting a segment of society of contemporary India, was featured as the cover art for 'Gendered Dimensions of Development' published by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development celebrating 50 years of research.
You are only as relevant as the work you create today. Strive to create your best every day of your life.
Shirin Neshat. I was introduced to her earlier photographs by my mentor who is another fantastic female artist named Margherita Abbozzo. Shirin Neshat's work the way I view it explores religious codes and women in Muslim societies.
Yayoi Kusama, Shirin Neshat, Ran Hwang, Niki de St. Phalle, Frida Kahlo
I am a maker and have been as long as I can remember. Transforming materials into pictures and objects captured my imagination since I was a child. I have inexplicable need to make art. Art enhances our lives. Good art makes us stop, think, remember, feel and connect. It makes us aware of our humanity. It is this aspiration that drives me day after day and year after year.
Work hard and continue to push yourself and not give up. This is the advice I would give to ANY artist. Spend 80% of your time on your art and 20% of your time on your career.
I consider the Vietnam War Memorial By Maya Lin fills this question for me. Although it is a memorial, I consider it a work of art. It has also impacted millions of people, in an arena that has been almost totally filled by men. I think it was a game changer.
Betty Woodman is one of the artists I most admire. She died this year at age 87. Her most recent solo exhibition of all new work opened within the last 8 months. She was a pioneer in many ways. She was the first living woman to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 2006. She was a sculptor working primarily in clay. She was the first person who bridged the Craft World and became a "heavy hitter" in the much different Fine Art World. She was taken seriously because she took herself seriously and was tenacious in her ambition. Most of all, her creativity was boundless. She never rested, physically or creatively. In the last few years of her life, she had multiple solo shows every year all around the globe.
Learning a new skill, such as figure drawing, or CAD, or voice training or figure skating!
Betty Woodman, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, Tara Donovan, Agnes Martin, Marlene Dumas, Artemisia Gentileschi, Kiki Smith. There are so many.
The desire to create something new, experimenting with colors and shapes.
The giant spider sculpture from Louise Bourgeois, because it reflects strength, womanhood, courage, caring, courage in many ways (Even if I normally don't like spiders).
I would read a good book, drink red wine, make long walks and examine the moon.
I got an award for best Illustration from CA Communications Arts in 2015.
Believe in yourself.
Flora Bowley , Claire Desjardins, Alice Wellinger, Anne Siems, Betsy Walton
I’ve always loved and been drawn to the creative world throughout my life whether it was Saturday morning cartoons as a kid or falling in love with Japanese manga storytelling. And it was animation and comics that impassioned me to share my own stories. I couldn’t wait, I even started self-publishing in college and submitting to design projects and contests while I was still a student. The more I filled my days with art the more I wanted to be a part of it and create art for a living.
The way I made art wasn’t always accepted the way it is now, and I encountered some resistance. One of my professors in college tried to dissuade me from drawing and painting how I wanted by telling me manga wasn’t a legitimate art form. I didn’t let that change how I wanted to express myself though. And actually it was years later that same professor contacted me to say he had taken a trip to France and saw how prevalent the visual themes I include in my art were, and apologized to me for trying to squash my style. It was an early experience that taught me to be confident in the face of adversity.
I feel a lot of my artwork speaks to people in different ways, and communicates different things I feel about what it means to be a strong person or viewing the world through a perspective of equality. In 2008 I created a painting “Yuuta” that embodies my beliefs about the mind being the most attractive part of a woman, and I feel her message is just as poignant now, or even more than ever. My upcoming solo exhibition collection opening at Corey Helford Gallery in April of this year is focused on equality and diversity as a theme. So each of these pieces would speak to how striving for equality and empowering ourselves as women and people has been important to my artwork for many years.
I think my advice I have to share is something anyone can take to heart and that it’s to be true to what you want to express, and be willing to work hard to achieve your goals. Talent is a great thing to have, but it’s not going to be enough if you don’t invest in making things happen. There are some amazingly talented people I know in my personal life that don’t push themselves so their art stays as a hobby. But if you’re really serious about making and sharing art for a living, put your all into it! Aim high and keep working at it, and you can go places you never thought possible before.
There are so many artists that come to mind it’s hard to choose. But I feel from my heart-of-hearts that I’m grateful for Tara McPherson’s support and encouragement as an artist. In 2012 she encouraged my new direction my art took in my showing at her Cotton Candy Machine Gallery. Tara is a strong and capable woman and artist, and her skill and passion is amazing from her toy designs to her cute characters and beautiful paintings. I love them!
It’s tough to pick only 5 but I would have to say #HikariShimoda #TaraMcPherson #KathieOlivas #MabGraves #ErikaSanada
A strong burning passion for art and design that started when I was a little girl. It’s always been there and seems to grow stronger the older I get.
Do art everyday, in some shape or form, even if you don’t feel like it. Discipline is the key to becoming successful.
Yes, myself. I would say I am my own biggest obstacle. Lack of confidence in my own abilities and the need for perfection in myself have been my biggest stumbling blocks.
Being successful in marrying business with art. My designs have been sold as both traditional artwork and also turned into various products which have been distributed and sold worldwide in large chain stores, big box stores and independent retailers.
Painting watercolor palette swatches. Very relaxing!
Georgia O'Keeffe, Annie Leibovitz, Frida Kahlo, Mae Chevrette, Cat Coquillette
In my entire life, I didn’t think about doing anything else [other than] paintings.
If I had the time machine I would like to know and see Elizabeth Vigée le Brun.
Today in Europe and the USA it is easier for women to be an artist. So, just do it!
Studying new paintings.
Frida Kahlo, Angelica Kaufmann, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rachel Ruysch, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Louise Bourgeois
My own fear of failure...and the ‘starving artist’ stigma. Took me 22 years after completing art school to pursue my dream.
The thought of being a 'published' artist never really crossed my mind but now I have prints of my work on iCanvas, and in major retailers...Pretty awesome!
I think the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue is a great representation!
Don’t give up, find a niche and build on it!
Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Sturtevant, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Keller :)
When I was three years old, I picked up a pencil and paper and fell in love with being able to draw and to create something from an object as simple as a pencil. I would draw ladies in beautiful evening gowns for all my friends who would sit and watch me. I never wavered at becoming an artist. I knew that is what I was and pursued my education. Life has been my inspiration and creativity leading the way.
What I am most proud of is being able to do what I love. It has not been an easy road as I have worked commercially in many different areas of art but have finally been able to come back to do what I truly love, painting.
There are so many women artist who have been an inspiration to me however one of my favorites is Mary Cassatt. Many of her images created were of the social and private lives of women, reflecting the deep connection between a mother and child. I love her use of color,soft strokes and the emotional aspect of her work
If it is your true passion and you can’t see yourself doing anything else, then go for it! You need to work on your art everyday and always keep in mind that this will help you perfect your craft and lead to discoveries as well.
Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Mary Cassat, Frida Kahlo,Georgia O'Keefe ,Marie Bracquemond
Yes so many! Being a woman I feel like it's easy to constantly be taken advantage of, I learned the hard way how to stand up for myself and keep boundaries as a working artist.
Sticking to what I value as my artistic expression and creating photographs that express how I truly feel, and now others appreciate and seek out my art - it's everything I could have ever wanted.
Childhood loneliness helped my imagination grow and want to create.
My photography celebrates feminine beauty, my latest body of work called Rainbow Lovers lights up the female body with rainbows showing that we're light beings full of infinite possibilities!
Georgia O’Keeffe. When I first saw her work in 4th grade I remember distinctly being in pure awe, the colors, the shapes, the originality. Her art inspired me then and now!
My growth throughout the years brings me joy as I think about the gallery exhibits and publications I've achieved, most importantly finding my voice as the artist I love and respect is my greatest accomplishment thus far.
Being a successful artist on your own is nearly impossible, seek out artists you admire and collaborate with them! Share wisdom, knowledge, and love of life and art together!
Georgia O Keeffe, Miranda July, Sylvia Plath, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama
Not really. There were lots of obstacles but I wouldn't call them "unnecessary". If you mean any obstacles that would only pertain to a woman... then choosing to have a child and continuing to have a presence as an artist in the art scene as well as finding the time to actually make art has been difficult. But women are strong, hard working and multi-tasking. We can do it all!
I grew up in a family of artists.
Giving up a full time job and career...to refocus on what I really loved to do.
Don't give up!
Swoon, Soey Milk, Loish, Chloe Early, Becky Cloonan
I needed to work hard to have credibility in art between my male colleagues, as I constantly heard them refer to it as “my hobby”. Male artists have their own circle and frequently it’s hard to break in.
My greatest accomplishment has been balancing my family with my art career.
Above all be true to yourself. Move yourself away from the critics and release their scathing comments from your world. Surround yourself with support, inspiration and words of encouragement. Unite forces with females artist peers, work together, help each other.
Carla Bank, Kate Morgan, Jennifer Lashbrook, Kate Tillman, Mimi Damrauer
I decided to become an artist because I wanted to express my thoughts and ideas about the world and issues through my art.
Generally speaking, it is not easy to make a living as an artist in Japan. So I am always looking for different ways and connections to survive in the art industry.
I think it's important for every artist, whether you are a man or a woman, to practice your work seriously and think about what impact it can have on others. Careers don't have genders; girls can be whatever you want to be, and I want to live in a world where the term "female artist" does not exist.
This year, I exhibited my largest body of work to date in my fourth major solo at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.
I don't have a particular piece in mind because all of my work is based on my experience, and being a woman, I think it is only natural that my work reflect that. However, I believe art can have the power to reveal the experience of those who suffer from social problems.
Loretta Lux, Bjork, Yayoi Kusama, Masako Ando, Kimichi Nishiki
I was always — even as a child — drawn to design and creating through all sorts of mediums, but it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I really focused solely on painting. I’m a details person. I find beauty in the simplest of things. I guess, as a way to hold on to these bits of beauty I see in life, I started creating art. Each piece I create is a selfish attempt to recreate that beauty.
My proudest accomplishment is that I can do what I love — every day — and make a living at it. It didn't come overnight and I think that is why I am proud.
What I love about the `Fearless Girl' sculpture by Kristen Visbal is there is so much to dig into. The artist herself has said that, "We want her to stand for very specific goals: gender diversity in leadership and the empowerment of young women so they can grow into leaders." The introduction of the work in relation to sculptor Arturo Di Modica's `Charging Bull' has resulted in a request by Modica to have the piece removed. Responses like "Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl," said by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio are just the type of interesting discussions developing out of great art. That is truly powerful.
Work and refine. Just like anything else, if you put in the hours and structure a plan, your craft will improve.
There are so many artists that inspire me — from Candy Chang’s interactive installations to Cathy Choi and her fascination with water. Helen Frankenthaler is another favorite. Her belief that there is “no formula” and the artist should “let the picture lead you where it must go,” are principles that I embrace. If I have to pick ONE favorite it would be my very first inspiration — my mother. She is an artist, designer and teacher and encouraged my creativity in all forms & mediums.
Carol Young, Alina B, Miranda Girard, Teodora Guererra and Dolores Tema
I grew up singing and dancing professionally in the London theater. I got married and when I moved to the South of France and I decided to give up my career in the performing arts to have a family. Needing a new creative outlet, I bought an easel and paint and one painting became better than the next and so I got inspired!
Not unnecessary obstacles, just life! I worked in corporate America for many years to raise my son and survive after my husband died. I was determined to give up my job as it was stifling me creatively. I worked hard on a series of paintings every weekend and began selling paintings and being contacted by online publishers. I got remarried and I gave up my job. I am now a full-time artist!
I have won 5 American Art Awards, have exhibited in several galleries, had a painting on the TV series Grace and Frankie and some of my paintings have become bestsellers especially WINDSWEPT... WINDSWEPT has appeared on the cover of magazines and I sell Limited Edition hand-embellished giclees on my website.
I enjoy Paula Rego's art. Her art is dark and complex and she is a painter of stories.
If you are as determined as I have always been, then never give up! With hard work, patience and a little luck you can grow and be successful.
Jenny Saville, Paula Rego, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Kathryn Stats
It is the only thing I ever wanted to do.
I had to overcome the idea that being a full time artist wasn't possible and was only a unattainable dream.
I would probably spend it working. So it's probably good that I sleep, you need to take breaks from your work to see it with new fresh eyes.
Take the chance, you can always do something else if being an artist full time doesn't work out, but you can't go back in time to take that chance.
From some of my favourite books and art pieces in my home... Camille Rose Garcia, Mandy Tsung, Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, Redd Walitzki, Tara McPherson. Too bad it's only 5, I could go on and on.
My greatest accomplishment is to have persisted in believing my dream of living my passion.
My homage to Frida Kahlo. She is for me a symbol of courage and one of the great women who has marked the history of art.
The advice I would give is that women have a place in the visual arts, it is about believing in oneself.
Frida Kahlo, Camille Claudel, Betty Goodwin, Sandra Chevrier, Heidi Taillefer
I think it began when I was still at school, at the age of eleven. I liked to make illustrations and logos, which is why I eventually studied Graphic Design. With time I perfected my technique and about three years ago I dedicated myself 100% to art.
I've made art for bands and musicians (cover arts and posters). I love to do that because music is very important in my life, and has always been an inspiration.
It's a celebration of all women coming together, celebrating being women.
Leonara Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jay Defeo, Ethel Schwabacher
I grew up in a small town during the 70's and was often taught in various ways that women were not as smart, and not as suited to positions of authority as men were. This was even referred to in work that stereotypes would say women would be better at, such as being a chef or in the healing professions. So this set up an inner doubt of achieving excellence. This was an idea I was always pushing against, creating an inner conflict. So early on I set my sights much lower and doubted my capabilities. The obstacles instilled were all mental.
My greatest accomplishment has been my hard work and my bravery in trusting myself and in giving my art the time it has required, to follow my heart’s desire. Also I am quite proud of Tres Leches Art Gallery that I own with my partners and fellow artists Kathleen Krishnan and Alison Price.
My inspiration has all come from within, the burning desire to be a painter. That desire became so large it blotted out my previous profession.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“
Quoted from "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition" 1951. I have personally lived the truth of this myself.
"The Twins" by Julie Speed. This painting embodies self-knowledge, knowledge of the world, the ability to see, the "watcher". It is filled with self-determination and hair-on-fire urgency, but without panic, with calmness, with fierceness and useful anger, and the absolute capacity of handling any situation. It is filled with the feminine level of knowledge of the world as a whole. We look at the now, and plan for the future simultaneously. This is how we live, and it is not a soft life.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Julie Speed, Deborah Butterfield, jennifer Davis, Barbara Hepworth
I have always loved making art and fashion and now I get to combine them both.
I started painting again after my mom died a few years ago. It helped me deal with that loss and I've turned that art into my business.
There are so many amazing female artists on Instagram. I love seeing their creations every day.
Just do it.
I love Rosie the Riveter in any form.
Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, Desiree Mattsson, Pat McGrath, Tanya Ling
I have always loved nature and wildlife. Im drawn to its beauty and energy.
Time! I am a stay at home mom with 3 kids under 5 and finding the time in my busy schedule to paint can be a challenge.
I am proud of the growth I have accomplished both as an artist but as a company. I have seen my skills evolve and change over the last few years and it has allowed me to reach more people with my art.
Just start playing around and do not hesitate to get your stuff out there! I think a lot of people fear rejection so they don’t share their art with others. I sort of went about the opposite way. I started sharing my art right away and got better as time went on. Now I look back at my earlier pieces and cringe a bit!
I love Iris Scott! I am just completing a reno in my home and I fully intend to buy one of her fox paintings for my home.
Iris Scott, Richelle Bergen, Kari Lehr, Holly Ann Friesen, Justine Barry
The same thing that inspires someone to fall in love. My instincts forced me into the profession, I really never had a choice in the matter.
Being told a thousand times over the years that there's no money in art and it's an impossible career. I overcame that obstacle by bringing my cost of living down to nearly nothing, by living in Asia for a year in a tiny studio. Online I sold my first artworks in 2010 for less than $100/ea. I raised the prices so slowly over time, 5% at a time, and never paid for advertising. Eventually I moved to New York. My approach was to let the career grow organically and sustainably, no heavy handed marketing needed, nor fancy gallery needed to "discover" me. I invested all my money earned back into materials from day 1, careful never to overprice the paintings. I continue that approach to this day. By 2016 originals can sell for upwards of $30k. Slow and steady wins the race, let the market show you what you're worth is my advice to aspiring artists.
Being known worldwide for starting the finger painting revolution. Finger painting is now fine art.
Artemisia Gentileschi's work "Judith Slaying Holofernes" - To me this is the ultimate metaphor for Women's Day on multiple levels, some even gruesome. Though Carravagio's painting came first, her rendering is markedly more fantastic. It brings to mind a few ideas for me. 1. Most people don't know a women painted this over 400 years ago. 2. It's depicting women aggressively defending themselves against a giant threat. 3. Most people just assume a man painted this, which is what Women's Day is all about. Women's Day is about getting up on rooftops and shouting, "Hey! I'm here! and I deserve equal pay for equal work!"
Truly dedicate yourself to capturing Realism before trying to break the rules. Impressionism, surrealism, etc,. are actually more difficult than realism even though the Masters make it look easier. If you actually track Masters' careers back far enough you will find that all of them could paint realistically first.
Rosa Bonheur, Maria Ambramovic, Kiki Smith, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia Gentileschi
Overall, a desire to process the emotions I feel... however, recently, after a very traumatic injury, I find myself inspired all over again. I am confined to my bed for months, and so I am inspired to explore my inner world through my artwork more than ever.
I have had to overcome many obstacles, and I wouldn't anticipate that changing anytime soon. I don't believe any obstacle is unnecessary, though. They are all important facets to the whole of who we are.
To me, success isn't measured in awards or accolades. I am most proud of my perseverance and strength.
I would currently choose my own piece, "the patron saint of the abused" -- because women are consistently abused and marginalized in this world, and yet we stay strong, we stay compassionate. We keep fighting.
Don't feel boxed in by what society expects women to create. Create whatever is in your heart. Make people uncomfortable.
Frida Kahlo, The women of CLAMP, Chiara Bautista, Stella Im Hultberg, Francesca Woodman, Anais Nin