5 years to become a professional fine artist?
Updated: May 20
So I thought when I first applied to the mastery program fall 2019 .
The whole idea, like many other ideas in my head, came out of urge for a challenge. I have never been particularly interested in doing arts, all my life I have been doing a lot "serious" stuff, like taking education in Management and IT Science. Like really, make living on being artist, only gave me flashbacks to la Boheme and Mimi dying in poverty in her cold attic in Paris.
Well I wish I had an attic in Paris I do, but maybe not the second part. Not really my style
The legend goes that year 2019 I have been visiting Milan (Italy) like almost once a month. I really enjoyed being there and I even though I definitely had to try to get a job there, to experience living and breathing in that Italian capital of fashion. I have been interviewed for the job a couple of times, but nothing seemed to work. I almost gave up and the day I thought that it wasn't destined, out of the blue, I get this on my instagram feed :
Looking like nothing less than a destiny call I though no more and signed for a year mastery program. The Milan art institute is run by a family of artists Milan. I guess the universe heard my call
The programme was fantastic, I really enjoyed what I have learned and I have discovered the artist in me, that seemed like, was dormant, waiting for that magic moment to come. I really think doing art is one of the most ultimate ways of self healing, there are so many emotions come out on the canvas, especially if you learn to let you conscious control go and allow your pure subconsciousness to choose the intensity of colour, the brushstrokes and the mark making!
I never would have though I would be doing what Im doing now just a year ago. I created my first portfolio, I have been in 2 galleries (also in Milan), I have even started a company to support other new artist in their career, to help them with social media marketing, shop and more.
The real treasure though is all my new friends, the business partners, the thinkalikes, the ones that work for improving our society with more art, helping each other and promoting healthy aesthetics.
My favourite fantastic four :
We are sharing our journey, laughing on flops, cheering success and supporting each other in our artistic growth
The art coaches and great art conversation buddies that manage to keep me motivated from another side of the Atlantics
And off course,
The travelling soulmate artist
Esther (CinqueTerre) Franchuk
(who deserves a completely separate post)