by Kathy Beekman, Art Career Coach and Professional Artist
What does it mean to thrive? For professional artist, Liz Lautrup, she's thriving as an artist by doing the following:
- planning for success
- being paid to be an artist
- inspiring others through her art and actions
- surrounding herself with a supportive art community
- building her art business
Although Liz has always had lots of ideas and creativity brewing in her, she sometimes lacked the ability to focus and was unsure of her next steps. Being goal-driven in her artistic endeavors did not always come naturally and there was fear involved too.
As a client with ArtCoaching for You, Liz has been exhibiting her art in a professional gallery, making sales to collectors and businesses and feeling much more confident as an artist. Way to go Liz!
We are fortunate because Liz is allowing us to publish questions she answered in an interview with us. We hope this will inspire you to move forward with your own art career. Thanks Liz!
ArtCoaching for You: Tell us about your art.
Liz: With nature as my inspiration, I create dreamy, organic, abstract paintings using various tools to apply paint, pigments and paper. My paintings are done in an iterative manner rather than planned-out and they are open to the interpretation of the viewer. A tool I use most often is a wooden straight edge to create lines that have personality. I also use it to move paint and water around the canvas. It's wonderful bringing beautiful and totally unique art to galleries, homes and businesses.
ArtCoaching for You: How has your artwork developed in the last few years?
Liz: In the last few years, I have begun to work larger and more consistently and have been experimenting with black and white. I now belong to a very professional gallery, which has challenged me to create and display more professional art. Most recently, figures, human and animal, have begun walking into my artwork, which I'm very excited about.
ArtCoaching for You: Why did you decide to work with ArtCoaching for You?
Liz: I knew deep down that none of us makes it alone and also that working one-one-one with someone with experience was going to help me most. When I met Kathy through a mutual friend/client of hers, I knew that I wanted to work with her on a regular basis.
ArtCoaching for You: What is it like working with an art career coach?
Liz: Our meetings are jam-packed with progress. Sometimes, I am really amazed by how much we can cover. I usually "meet" with Kathy by phone so that I don't have to spend time traveling. In our meetings, we celebrate work well-done and look towards the future - what are short and long-term goals and what steps need to be taken to reach them.
Having someone with experience to guide me on the next steps and executing them has given me much more confidence. I'm making progress and heading in the right direction. I've also had some of my fears alleviated.
ArtCoaching for You: What have you most enjoyed about Art Coaching for You's process?
- Working one-on-one with someone with real experience
- Kathy's contagious positivity, humor and cheer
- Creating to do lists that keep me on track with my goals
- Kathy's ability to understand my timing and priorities as a parent as well as an artist
- Kathy's ability to help me overcome my shy side and get my artwork out into the world.
Liz: My website www.lizlautrup.com, SYNC Gallery in Denver, and my home studio (call for a private showing).
My advice for artists who would like to prosper? Be confident in who you are and what your artwork is about. If you're stuck, don't hesitate to get the help you need. Make collaborations with other artists. -Liz Lautrup
Check out ArtCoaching for You for a more detailed description of how we work with artists.