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Heidi Grew Roger Hull Robert Hess Jill Greenwood James Thompson Andrea Wallace Bruce Black Lee Pelton Herb Bensinger portrait painting James Foster Peggy Flores portrait painting Pearl Lipkin Don McEwen painted portrait Richard Annie Seemel Brittany spaniel

In 2003, I finished my undergraduate studies at Willamette University and immediately entered the graduate school of real life. Besides the two fundamental courses, Acting Like an Artist 101 and Finding Your Voice, I leapt immediately into more challenging classes like Painting for Clients and Deconstructing Your Naïve Trust in Others which featured a three day workshop in art law at the Lewis and Clark Law Library.

The workload that the graduate school of real life dumped on me from day one was immense and also immensely satisfying. I was learning how to make ends meet by working for myself and by doing what I love. What’s more, I was discovering that being an artist should not mean taking a hated day job and creating in my spare moments: being an artist can be a day job—an every day, all day, and into the night kind of day job!

To see where 2003 took me conceptually, check out Critics Critiqued, a show which explores power dynamics in the art world.