Telling Your Artist Story – Part One

As an artist, you are fascinating to other people. But surprisingly, it can be hard to talk about yourself.


A gallery visitor


Have you ever tried to look at yourself and your art objectively? It’s impossible. You have the ultimate insider’s viewpoint. But other people want to know about you and about your work. Artists are very interesting to the general public. You must have a story to tell, and you can relay it verbally, in writing, or even through a display of photos with captions, as shown above.

What do others want to know about you? Consider the following list of questions. Then, start writing about yourself in answer to them. You will most likely come up with a long version at first. Create a shorter version as well. You should be able to share highlights of your story in a concise way when necessary.

  • In one sentence, what inspires you the most to create your work?
  • How long have you considered yourself an artist?
  • What is your earliest memory of being inspired to create art?
  • Who do you consider the biggest influence on your artwork?
  • Do you have an art degree, or are you self-taught?
  • What triggered your interest in pursuing your current artistic direction?
  • How would you describe your signature style?
  • Why did you choose the materials that you work with?
  • Where do you show your work?
  • Which piece is your favorite? Why?
  • Describe the most fascinating part of your process.
  • Have you invented any of the techniques you use?
  • What makes your work different from anyone else?
  • Have you won any accolades or awards?
  • What are your goals for the future?


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