Do You Know Thyself?

Feeling successful with your art is often proven with a purchase. Although many artists would like to say that they do it only for themselves, there is always a small piece of us that feel that gratification when someone willingly pays money for your creation. So artists are genuine when they say, “It’s not about the money”, because it’s not. It’s about the relationship and understanding you build with a buyer who has the same sentiments as you, the seller.

But in order to sell and maintain your truth, you’ve got to have that certain je ne sais quio, that sales attitude that’s still true to yourself—You need to keep authenticity and still have the gusto to put a price on it. That’s a journey that many artists, myself included, struggle with daily. So, in order to sell myself I had to know first: What are my values and purpose? I came up with a subway map of getting from point A to point Z with a few stops in between:

I want to know what it’s like to accept who we are.

We begin as ourselves

Our journey is about pain and acceptance.

Our payoff is beauty.

It’s that simple, yet that difficult. We begin at point A, ourselves, and have to travel the long road of pain and acceptance in order to reach beauty at point Z. It’s the little points during our journey, though, that truly define our results.

So my attitude for selling has to also embrace my values and purpose, which are the ability to accept my humanness. And this isn’t over the course of a month, but over the course of a lifetime. Each and every day we deal with pain, and must accept and embrace that pain in order to move on and get one step closer to beauty. My purpose in life, art, and beyond is to embrace the pain and grow stronger from it; to become more alive with every experience.

Knowing thyself provides comfort, regardless of its honesty. Good, bad, right, wrong, ups, downs, and all the in between makes acceptance and comfort difficult and worthwhile at the same time. So I just need to accept the “all the in between” and have the strength to put a price on my work.

I need to know myself in order to feel comfortable selling my art, and I know that myself has its good and bad, right and wrong, ups and downs. And I’m okay with all of that and everything in between.