Squamish: Be a ‘starving artist’ no more, Best-selling author Chris Tyrell speaks at Quest
Artists: great at creating, lousy at selling. They often know very little about how to make aliving off their work, especially in Canada where the market for original artwork is small and often regional.
This is the message retired painter, lecturer and author Chris Tyrell brought to 55 Sea to Sky artists at a talk at Quest University in Squamish on Saturday, March 3.
“The big problem is that creative careers are solipsistic, they’re an extension of the ego of an artist,” he told the audience.
“You have to learn about the customers and stop thinking about yourself.”
Tyrell, a professional development instructor at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, was sponsored by VISUALS, the Squamish Valley artists’ group, with a grant from the Squamish Arts Council.