RoryJohn wrote: Frances McMahon wrote:
I've been painting birds in watercolour since age 5. Entirely self taught.
I've never done this professionally (not enough market for it) but absolutely love it.
I've also been a competitive adult figure skater, giving up after 13 years, to take up guitar again!
Also love reading, sewing, and family time.
Gorgeous paintings - love the cockatiels, used to keep and breed them as a teenager and you really capture that impish look of theirs. Would love to see them in their natural habitat some day. Sorry to stick the proverbial beak in but are you sure there is no market for your work? I've seen work for sale in high street galleries that is not even on the same level as yours.
All the best!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Rory John!
No, I don't think you are sticking your beak in (good bird pun there), but I live in Australia, and it's very difficult to make a living out of art (due to our low population, economic climate, etc).
Most artists teach full time, and that's something I'm not interested in.
The birds take many hours of work, and many simply cannot afford original works. Galleries take a whopping 40% commission, and don't get me started on the cost of conservation framing!
However, now and then I do a commission for an overseas client which is a nice little bit of pocket money, and sell a few prints from the website, so I guess I can't complain.
I only work 2 days a week, so that leaves 5 to do the things I love - art and guitar!
Kim Lissarrague 2008 Lattice-braced Guitar.
Now I'm truly in guitar heaven.