Artists aren’t born ready to paint masterpieces; they are forged over a long period of time, with hours of practice and multiple rejections of excellent work over many years. Much like writers, artists can find it difficult to break into the profession in a way that allows them to work on the projects they fancy for a living wage. Most artists have to take day jobs during the early stages of their careers to make ends meet. No matter what they have to do to survive, the true artists never stop working. Getting formal training at school has many advantages, but once they are out of school, they have to painstakingly keep at their skill until they break through to the art world and find a career for themselves.
Sculptors, painters, and photographers all have to dispel the myths that they don’t work hard, and their work isn’t worthwhile. These artists often find themselves working on their projects for free while taking second and third jobs to support themselves. Over time, they find connections to the art community and get their work in front of as many people as they can. This takes years of patience and constant honing of their craft.
Kent Muer is an artist living in Aspen, Colorado. He consults with many small businesses in the area as a way to pay his bills. Muer hopes that one day, he will be able to put his work in a gallery. Aspen has a growing arts scene, and the town, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, has inspired many artists before him.