I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes, till I touch the sky
Take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And break away
The above are lyrics from a song written for the Foundation for a Better Life. How very profound. Can you find a deep meaning for yourself in these lyrics? Perhaps it isn't until you actually spread your wings that you realize that you can fly much farther than originally imagined.
It takes courage to break away from the "norm" that we are used to. Everyone that has done so is glad that they did. Professional artist Candace French gives this advice for artists who would like to succeed in the art world: "The art world holds infinite possibilities. So I encourage you to...
- Be clear on what you want and how you define success.
- Continue to experiment with new ways of expressing your creativity while remaining true to yourself.
- Focus on relationships and trust how they emerge and evolve in support of you, your art and your art business."
Candace is an artist that has grounded herself, understands her desire to succeed, and is willing to move beyond her comfort zone. And boy oh boy, aren't we the lucky ones! Candace has allowed us a little more insight into what makes her tick with the following interview.
ArtCoaching for You: What type of artist are you?
Candace: I am a professional Mixed Media Artist who blends colors, textures and light. Inspired by my life experiences, my paintings involve many layers of concealing, revealing and enhancing. Each piece is an adventure into the unknown.
ArtCoaching for You: Have you always been this type of artist?
Candace: Initially, I painted in acrylics with a brush. As I played more and took an even greater intuitive approach through experimenting, I became familiar with the different types of art materials available. Acrylics very quickly expanded into texture, gels and other mixed media. The palette knife became my favorite tool. I love using it to move texture around on the canvas to create special effects that draw the viewer into my artwork.
ArtCoaching for You: Tell us about your art world?
Candace: My art world is filled with many diverse activities. When I am not creating in my studio or teaching publicaly or privately, I am meeting with a gallery owner or a collector, completing submissions for special exhibits, or keeping in touch with my community through my newsletter and social media. There is so much that happens behind the scenes, it’s difficult to capture it all here.
ArtCoaching for You: Where can we view your artwork or take a workshop from you?
Candace: You can view my artwork on my web site at www.candacefrench.com, Framed Image and Rox Arts Gallery in Denver, Colorado and my home studio (call for a private showing).
My workshops are offered regularly through the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Curtis Art and Humanities Center in Greenwood Village and at Arapahoe Community College. I am also teaching at the annual Art Makers Denver event this September here in Denver.
ArtCoaching for You: Tell us a bit about your teaching method?
Candace: My teaching method is very engaging and inspiring. The most important thing for me is to “meet the artist where they are”. This is key because I attract art students who range from very little, if any, experience to professional artists who want to loosen up or expand their Artistic Voice and experience working with acrylics and mixed media.
ArtCoaching for You: What has been your most touching or amazing moment you’ve experienced as an artist?
Candace: One of the most touching moments I have experienced is what I call the “Look of Love”. It’s the look I notice when I unveil a commission to a collector or see one of my students gazing at a work of art they just completed. It’s breathtaking for me as well as for them!
ArtCoaching for You: Why did you decide to work with ArtCoaching for You?
Candace: Kathy and Cyncie offer incredible depth of experience and professionalism through their coaching. When I took a marketing workshop that they offered, I could feel every cell in my body saying “This is what’s next!” Soon after, I started coaching with Kathy. The experience was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. What I appreciated most was knowing that whatever questions or challenges I brought to Kathy, she was always there for me. Through her coaching, I was confident that each step I was taking was in alignment with my vision and goals.
ArtCoaching for You: What have you gained by working with ArtCoaching for You?
Candace: Coaching with Kathy was so much more than I anticipated. Initially, I was focused on learning how to approach galleries. That quickly expanded into Kathy guiding me through branding and marketing strategies. The biggest result was creating a stronger foundation for my art business. If you look at my art business now, you will see how I have expanded my workshop offerings, added a gallery, continue working artists one on one in private sessions and have a stronger rhythm and flow to creating artwork. Most of all, my confidence has grown in my art and art business.
A million times, thank you for imparting your wonderful wisdom Candace. You have definitely spread your wings and moved forward with your artistic career. We are so grateful for the experiences and knowledge you've shared with us in this interview. These beneficial insights are exactly what are readers need.
Have you spread your wings? If so, what does it feel like? Would love to hear from you.