As an artist living in the uncertainty of Covid-19 I can say I am lucky. I have a full-time job that is continuing to pay me during this time of quarantine. I don't have the same worries as so many others who have lost their job or are furloughed waiting to go back to work, all the while, living on less income than they had budgeted for. In many regards, this makes me even luckier because this time has become something akin to a month-long paid residency for me. The time I once spent at work I can spend in the studio thinking up new things as well as finishing current projects.
But a huge part of what makes me not worry is that behind me is a gallery with a group of artists that I deeply admire. I see all of them making new work and I can't help but be inspired (and slightly intimidated) by them. I have been represented by the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery for two and half years and still can't help but get excited to tell people about the gallery and the amazing women who run it. With their help, I was accepted for a solo show in March/April 2021 and I didn't even know they had applied. I can't express enough how lucky I am to be working with Abigail Ogilvy Gallery. Not all artist have people behind them who promote their work and actively support them.
During this uncertain time, if you are a lucky one I would like to encourage you to think about the artist community that relies heavily on supporting one another. Whether it be a gallery that supports its own artist, other artist through shows, or artists that support each other. Purchasing art through a gallery supports the gallery as well as the artist and purchasing art from an artist gives them money for living expenses and supplies to make new art. It doesn't have to be an expensive purchase to make a huge impact.
Some ways to support the arts are:
And as things reopen and resume operations most importantly take time to see art, go to that local performance, or anything thing else that shows support to the art community.
Should you chose to purchase any of my work this year, know that a large portion of the proceeds will be passed along to support my fellow artist or art organization, through the ways listed above.
*Reminder a portion of donations to non-profits is tax deductible