What are your greatest needs as an artist?

A couple of tidbits from a conversation in the Grove Center for the Arts‘ social network on Ning. They are answering the question “What are your greatest needs as an artist?”

  • Time. I feel like I have a whole series of paintings backing up in my heart and brain and I just need time. Open time. To wander, write, come back and paint, then doodle, and stare and then come back and paint.
  • Financial support. (obvious answer but needs discussion.) The financial support for Christian visual fine artists to continue doing what we are called to do without compromising their mission is the hurdle that I am constantly witnessing. In the fine visual arts people seems to enjoy our gifts, yet rarely, if ever, do they return it with purchases or donations.
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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

One Response to What are your greatest needs as an artist?

  1. YES! YES! YES! I also need SPACE and ideally a space with other creative types working.

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