An Artist's Life
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Embracing Challenges

Being an artist is a chosen life. One I wouldn’t trade for anything. It is a blessing to be able to serve through the creation of things that give others joy. But to think this path is an easy one would be a lie.

There’s a misconception that artist are somehow endowed with a birth right to do what they do. That not everyone can be successful at it, and that almost no one can make a living at it. I am probably biased given what I do but it seems to me that this attitude is a bit defeatist. Nothing irritates me more than hearing visitors to the gallery say things like “I could never….” or “I’m not creative enough…” or “I’m no good at….” before they even try taking a class. Or the ever popular “I’d love to, but I have to wait until I retire…”

Equally as disconcerting are the conversations I witness as parents tell their kids that they should not pursue a creative vocation for fear it won’t pay enough to make a living. Nothing like taking the air out of a child’s balloon! It not only is effective at stealing their joy, but gives them a negative sense of self, as well as lowering their appreciation for the arts.

Instead I offer these truths from the perspective of a living, breathing artist who makes her living with her family by practicing her creative craft and serving others daily.

First and foremost, it’s possible.

Second, it takes work.

Third, it doesn’t happen by accident.

And finally, at least from my perspective, it’s worth it.


  1. I started out with a single glass-fused pendant class from Rose and Bill almost 5 years ago. Yes, I have an art background, but never imagined that I could ever work in glass. Not only did I become immersed in this medium, but they truly encouraged me to go beyond the boundaries and experiment using new techniques that were a learning experience to us all. It had been over twenty years since I had been in a classroom setting, but they made me feel at home, surrounded by the creativity of others. I saw them teach children how to make projects that were advanced,and difficult even for me to master. I saw the time that they took to make everyone aware of the safety issues that are involved with each type of creative process. I learned to keep complex notes, not only to help me with my future success, but to learn from my mistakes. I can’t wait until I can rejoin whatever venture awaits Rose and Bill, as part of the next artistic endeavor in our lives.

    • Thank you Jody! It has been our pleasure! The energy of the classroom and the community was (is) amazing – and I miss being with everyone. And while closing the storefront – taking “a pause for the cause” is necessary during this time period:
      We will be back!

      Can’t wait to fire up the kilns again and explore the mystery that is glass!!!!

  2. Margie Braband says

    You are witness, Rose, to the authenticity of your words🙋‍♀️

  3. Lyndi Sue Hofstra says

    Terrific article and spot on!My watercolor classes at Galleries Choice 13 years ago
    reopened a door for painting that I closed many years ago in college. Working with Rose and Bill and Jerry encouraged me to keep going keep trying keep painting.
    Always an inspiration hope you both are well. Lyndi

    • Lyndi, great to hear from you! We are well!
      Art continues to be one of the most basic, natural, human forms of communication. Once we let go of the stigma of trying to be “good enough” (whatever that means anyway!) we reap the benefits of the act of creating – letting our minds go of daily stresses – and clearing the pathways for better problem solving and finding answers. It’s where I find joy amid the turmoil.
      “Artists art” – I always say! And so we continue! Hope you will too!

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