Hi there! I’m Ariana, visual artist + artist coach.
I’ve been a working artist for more than a decade. My art has been exhibited internationally, I’m represented by galleries in New York City and Seattle, my work has had an impact on people all over the world, and I’m making money being an artist.
It sure has been rewarding, but not the easiest thing in the world.
It’s awesome being a successful artist but you know what I’ve learned over the years? It takes WAY more than creativity to succeed. And being a working artist can be HARD. You need to be innovative and driven. You need ambition, focus, commitment, and to be resourceful enough to juggle promoting your art, maintaining a dedicated art making practice AND a life, supporting yourself, keeping good documentation and records, finding an audience, researching grants and shows–essentially running your own business.
PLUS you have to have thick skin, cuz making art means you’re opening yourself up to criticism and rejection. While having this thick skin you also have to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to make powerful art that has an impact on people.
And don’t forget to TRUST YOUR INTUITION!
Are you SURE you want to be an artist? Haha jk, of course you do.
Sometimes we just need some help navigating this crazy-but-amazingly-rewarding artistic path.
I’m living proof that when you let yourself be vulnerable in your art, people will take notice and thank you for it.
My journey involves turning my skin condition dermatographia into a source of inspiration, community and art. What I discovered is that when we live life in an intentional, aware, holistic way, our natural urge to create comes out, along with our inner beauty. When we use our own experience for inspiration, what we create is so amazing it organically finds an audience and forms community. And then all the busy-ness that goes along with being an artist feels less and less difficult, because the results of all that hard work are exponentially rewarding.
I started Skintome to be a place where artists, people with dermatographia, and people looking for ways to enrich and grow their creative life could come together under one roof.