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Over 100 Artists Share the Best Advice They've Ever Received

Aug 23, 2022

On March 10, 2015, I asked this simple question on my Facebook wall “When it comes to art, WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?”

Below are the answers of over 100 artists that shared their advice. Enjoy!!

John McLaughlin 
Just make it, dont worry about anyone liking it.

Gregg Hertzlieb
“Don’t make the work something it isn’t.”

Judith Peck Price
Your work reasonably so you can be in a lot of collections.

Michael Jantzen
Make art because you love making it, not because you expect to sell it!

Marie Vartenberg
Just continue to make it! We are going to continue to buy it! It gave me a kind of confidence.

Eulalio Fabie de Silva
The ole cliche’—just be yourself.

Frank Juarez
Walk to the beat of your own drum.

Jia Zhou Artist
Why you cannot use your imagination?

Diana Leviton Gondek 
Have it be your work not others. Immediate acceptance doesn’t mean lasting art.

Renee LaVerne Rose 
1) Become very proficient in...

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DISRUPTED Artist Feature: Sugery Reveron

Apr 15, 2022

DISRUPTED: An online exhibition in collaboration with WO Foundation exploring aspects of disruption and interference in our everyday life. From social and political unrest, technological innovation, to psychological trauma, we have experienced a disturbance in the way we experience life. Disruptions come when we less expect them and often have a way of awakening new ways of looking at the world. WO Foundation artists were invited to interpret the idea of disruption in their own context and submit to this exhibition artworks that explore this concept.

Art Nxt Level wants to feature some of the talented artists that created meaningful and timely work for this show. Sugery Reveron discusses the unique difficulties of women in art and the how the pandemic allowed her to delve deeper into her art practice in new ways. 

Can you speak a bit about your experience as a female artist? 

Sugery: As a female artist I have felt the struggle of being in a field...

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DISRUPTED Artist Feature: Rosanna Gaddoni

Apr 13, 2022

DISRUPTED: An online exhibition in collaboration with WO Foundation exploring aspects of disruption and interference in our everyday life. From social and political unrest, technological innovation, to psychological trauma, we have experienced a disturbance in the way we experience life. Disruptions come when we less expect them and often have a way of awakening new ways of looking at the world. WO Foundation artists were invited to interpret the idea of disruption in their own context and submit to this exhibition artworks that explore this concept.

Art Nxt Level wants to feature some of the talented artists that created meaningful and timely work for this show. Rosanna Gaddoni shares how the pandemic has effected her life in many ways and what her piece, "Trapped", represents to her. 

Can you speak a bit about your experience as a female artist?

Rosanna: I decided to embrace a commitment in art as an adult and after a corporate career, and I have seen in...

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DISRUPTED Artist Feature: Lee Morrison

Apr 11, 2022

DISRUPTED: An online exhibition in collaboration with WO Foundation exploring aspects of disruption and interference in our everyday life. From social and political unrest, technological innovation, to psychological trauma, we have experienced a disturbance in the way we experience life. Disruptions come when we less expect them and often have a way of awakening new ways of looking at the world. WO Foundation artists were invited to interpret the idea of disruption in their own context and submit to this exhibition artworks that explore this concept.

Art Nxt Level wants to feature some of the talented artists that created meaningful and timely work for this show. Lee Morrison is the artist behind the piece "Against All Odds". In this interview, Lee shares her thoughts on disruption and a piece of what art making has meant to her. 

In context of the show, how would you describe disruption? 

Lee: It’s been an epic event that has challenged us all in terms of our...

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On the Next Level: Justin Vasey

Mar 30, 2022

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level. In this interview, lover of color Justin Vasey gives a glimpse of what's next for his artistic endeavors. 

It’s safe to say that you love color. Your Pantone series is about to reach its one year mark. These small paintings pack a punch of delight and are never boring to look at. Do you plan to continue growing your Pantone series? 

Justin: Thank you, I do plan on painting more Pantone cards just not everyday. It is hard to believe that it has been a year since I started. I am happy I committed to that project. I learned a lot about movement, trusting myself, and color.

The abstracted landscapes from your Reflections series are...

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On the Next Level: Christy De Witt

Mar 20, 2022

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level. In this interview Christy de Witt shares about her challenges and victories as well as what’s to come in the world of Witty Art.

 

At the end of 2021 your work was published in "100 Artists, 100 Poets on Katendrecht" by Art Collective Werklicht. Congratulations on this publication! What was your initial reaction of work being accepted and then finally seeing your work in this book? 

Christy: I was thrilled! Firstly, because the original concept was already awesome enough: a window art exhibition during the summer, this enabled many people to see and enjoy all the art and poetry in a coronaproof and safe manner. But then the...

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On the Next Level: Thyra Moore

Feb 01, 2022

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level.

 

 

Today’s featured artist is eccentric abstract painter, Thyra Moore.

 

 

 

 

The pieces in your upcoming exhibit are very energized. What was the process like creating this series? 

 

 

Thyra: To create a new series, I usually have the series name, a color palette, and perhaps even some names for various pieces pre planned. What unifies this series is the energy, movement and dimension. As development of a planned series for this show began, the gallery requested a significant number of large pieces (30” x 40” and larger). With a fixed deadline in place, I needed to adjust my...

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On the Next Level: Calina Hiriza

Jan 26, 2022

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level. In this article Calina Hiriza shares about her process and upcoming plans. 

Your last series, Winter Intervals, is a calm and colorful journey through the coldest and quietest months of the year. What can your audience expect to see thematically in your next body of work? Or are you taking a different approach to what you might currently be working on?

Calina: During the first months of the current year, I will be delving deeper into the dialogue with the raw materials, acrylic paint in my case. Thinking of color theory, I plan to employ a more methodical approach to the color spectrum, with the goal of creating additional depth through...

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On the Next Level: Nancy Natow Cassidy

Jan 24, 2022

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level. In this article painter Nancy Natow Cassidy shares her latest accomplishments in her art career. 

In 2021 you had group shows, solo shows, installation projects, and art walks. Looking back, what was your favorite project of the year and what do you hope or plan to do more of this year? 

Nancy: I think my favorite project of the year was my Tar Lines Installation, because it was something I had been seeing and thinking about for a long time, and thanks to collaborative effort, was able to make a reality. It was wonderful to see people interacting with the piece, especially after being in lock-down for Covid.  I also really loved the...

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On the Next Level: Laura Crystina Alexander

Aug 31, 2021

On the Next Level is a series of interviews that features artists of the Art Nxt Level academy. The artists share their stories of how the academy has impacted their careers as well as share the exciting projects they have been working on. These artists have made the most of their experience and have taken their careers to the next level.

Today’s featured artist is emerging California painter, Laura Crystina Alexander.  Despite being faced with several life challenges, she has used art and creativity as a means for healing. She uses bright colors, uplifting prose and positive symbols in her paintings that bring joy to all that view them.  With the recent unveiling of her first installation piece, Laura shares her story and what it is like to be an emerging artist in today’s climate.

Working on the “Heart of Carmel” sculpture, what kind of impact do you hope to make on your community through your art?

Laura: The “Heart of Carmel” project...

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