“Working with Ariana is like getting a jumpstart on your dreams. Ariana provides practical, real-world advice for advancing your creative career. She asks critical questions that help clarify what it is that you want. From there, she offers a step by step plan for attaining those goals.”
— Julie Weitz, artist, www.julieweitz.com
What does it mean to work with me?
Finding the time to make art while living a full life can be difficult, let alone figuring how what to do with the work once it’s made. Sometimes you need an ally, someone to hold you accountable in the studio, make sure you’re producing consistently, and offer feedback and insight on your work; a coach or mentor who can guide you toward the next steps to take and get your art out into the world. Working with me might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
I’ve been a practicing, exhibiting artist since I received my MFA degree in 2005. I spend time in the studio and show my work regularly. My art has evolved over the years and continues to grow. It hasn’t been easy to keep making art when there’s a million things to attend to all the time, on top of making a living, but I do it. Here’s how I’ve done it for this long:
I’ve had help. Over the years I’ve sought accountability partners, mentors and coaches to give me input on how to propel my work forward. I’ve had countless people in my studio to give me feedback on what I’m making. Getting an outside opinion has been so valuable! It helps me see things in the work that I miss because I’m so immersed in making it.
I make the work. Yeah, this one seems obvious, but sometimes we forget that creating art makes us artists, not just thinking about creating art. There’s a time for idea-generating and a time for action, and there needs to be a balance between the two.
I make art a priority. Sure there are lots of other things I could be doing, and spending my money on, but art has been at the top of my list for years. Otherwise there is never enough time to make art.
I take risks. I push myself outside of my comfort zone, let myself make mistakes (also occasionally known as happy accidents), and let the work guide me to grow. If my art isn’t growing and evolving, then I’m not growing and evolving.
I’m resourceful. Finding time and energy to make art and pursue creative endeavors is HARD sometimes! It takes a lot of work to maintain a rich, full, beautiful life while making a living and spending the time in the studio required for making meaningful things.
I’m persistent as well. Dedication. Drive. Commitment. A reason why I do what I do…. because nobody else is going to care very much if I make art or not. So ultimately I do it for myself. I’ve learned to love the uncertainty, vulnerability, and fear that comes with being an artist (on most days anyway lol).
I share it. If I’m going to all the trouble of making it, I share what I’m working on! Otherwise that part of me that I’ve worked so hard to externalize remains hidden, and the work isn’t given an opportunity to live on in the viewer. My work needs an audience. Not everything I make needs to be seen, but at least some of it does :=)
I’m kind and receptive to those who reach out to me. When I share my work, I get something in return. Making art that comes from a place of generosity–revealing what matters to me–is guaranteed to make an impact. So I find myself hearing from people who love my work, and some of them help show and fund my art. The money and exhibitions come after curiosity, courage and motivation are in place.
I treat my art practice like I’m running a business. Not only am I responsible for staying creative and inspired, I’m also responsible for ensuring that the whole operation flourishes while I stay sane: promoting my art, maintaining a dedicated art making practice AND a life, keeping good documentation/records, writing artist statements and proposals, finding an audience, being resourceful, doing research, etc.
Phew that’s a lot! But these are the qualities that define me, and have made me a successful artist.
If this resonates with you, feel free to reach out. As your coach and mentor I’ll provide an objective eye/ear to give you that little tidbit of inspiration or hope to propel you forward. I’ll be your advocate and your accountability partner, helping you locate and expand your strengths. My rates are on a sliding scale, so if you need help and don’t have a big budget, don’t let that stop you from contacting me.
To start, we’ll have a 30 minute talk via phone or Skype to see if we’re a good fit. That is complimentary. If we are a good fit, we’ll then do a studio visit via Skype or in person if you’re in the Los Angeles area. During that studio visit we’ll go over ways to deepen your art practice and strategies to reach a larger audience. We’ll come up with a schedule of communication depending on your needs.
We’ll be in touch regularly to ensure you’re making art, generating ideas, and getting the work out there.
Let’s Work Together!
“Working with Ariana is like speaking with a very art-focused, helpful friend. She gave a unique perspective on my work and the way in which I was presenting it that really struck me. Ariana’s artistic eye and openness to my work made the critique and feedback very refreshing and inspiring. She was friendly, receptive, and kept the focus on my work and me throughout our sessions. I really enjoyed my experience with Ariana and not only would I recommend her, but I would love to work with her again.”
— Talia Ellis, artist, www.taliaellis.com
Working with me you’ll discover:
- ways to tap into inner creative resources you never even knew existed
- how to find time in your busy life to make art
- how to find an audience for your work
- ways to stay inspired and optimistic
- how to be resourceful with your time and energy
- how to get paid for your art
how to write an effective artist statement and cv
You’ll feel a renewed sense of curiosity, courage and motivation in your practice, and each time we talk you’ll walk away with tools to implement in your studio/life right away.
Be in touch to schedule a free 30 minute phone or Skype session and we’ll decide if we make a good team!
“Ariana is amazing and a true artistic visionary. She has navigated the process of fear of expression and self-actualization so gracefully on a path that has led her to become an internationally acclaimed fine artist recognized by galleries and media outlets all over the world. What’s even cooler is Ariana works with other artists, and anyone creative really, in helping them navigate this path of authentic expression, holistic approaches to the creative process, cultivating consistency, and getting your work out into the world. This is really powerful work, especially for us entrepreneurs riding the line between creative and consistent and finding that right balance, becoming comfortable being vulnerable, and trusting the process.”
— Alisha Golden, entrepreneur
I am also available for either virtual or in-person studio visits if you feel like you just need some input right away.
Other things that could come up include:
- Should you work with a gallery?
- What does it mean to have gallery representation?
- How do you get shows?
- What’s the best way to get published?
- Should you do a residency?
- What’s the best way to write an artist statement, what to include and exclude about yourself and your work?
- How do you stay full of heart, authenticity, and passion and still be a good business person?
- How can you keep your energy levels up in the midst of all this busy-ness?
- Should you get your MFA?
- How do you honor your practice as a holistic artist?
- What are some great ways to take care of yourself?
We’ll cover these topics and more in our sessions/studio visits.