Kate Kiernan Art Blog
I am very glad to have discovered Artid. This is an ideal place to display my work to family, friends, potential clients and other artists. I have studied painting and photography for a while, but am only now venturing into the world of art business. My focus right now is on portrait painting. I am calling my business Second Sight to emphasize the fact that painting a portrait requires a fresh perspective, a new way of seeing someone.
My business cards arrived yesterday with this image of the little boy on them. I am pleased to say that all the information on the cards is correct and the image of the boy looks good. Now, I have to get up the courage to start handing them out and posting them in public places locally. And it does take courage to promote oneself to one's community. For me, it takes a little more than courage, it takes determination, because I am a reclusive person.
My reclusiveness is due to the fact that I suffer from schizophrenia. Now, I have worried about whether I should reveal my illness on this site. Several people have said that I shouldn't and for the last week and a half since I joined Artid, I have been struggling to write an introductory blog about myself without stating this basic fact about myself. I couldn't do it. Then along comes my friend Pamela Spiro Wagner, who just joined Artid. I looked at her site and read her blogs with great interest. She also is an artist who suffers from schizophrenia, but she didn't hesitate to clearly state the fact to everyone right upfront. I admire and love her for that.
I have found that being creative in any way is a powerful tool for healing mental illness. During the acute stage of my illness, I wasn't able to paint or photograph, and so I crocheted afghans, hats, mittens, shirts and made simple jewelry. Doing this was part of what kept me stable and it gave me pleasure and satisfaction to create things I could hold and look at and give away as gifts.
I returned to art college about three years after my initial breakdown and went on, through some severe depression, to get my B.F.A. degree in painting and photography. Sometimes it was a struggle just to go to classes, but ultimately it got easier. It is only recently that I have been well enough, thanks to medication, therapy, my family and online support, to continue with my artistic pursuits.
I am very interested to hear this community's response to this issue of whether to reveal or not reveal personal information to potential clients. I have yet to hand out business cards to people in my community and so I could always delete or modify this entry before I do. What do you think? Should I?