The decision to push towards my goal of working in my studio was and is the biggest gamble of my life. With no financial backing it has been a challenge supporting my son and I on the limited income and credit remaining. Had a sleepless and anxious night last night, overwhelmed by my debt load, not having enough to cover the upcoming exhibition costs and housing costs for the next 2 months, and the big 'what if' the exhibitions don't generate any sales. Things get desperate then.
But I try and take it one day at a time, knowing in my heart that this is the way I had to go. Far better to take the risk in making a go of it in my studio then be faced with the prospect of working for minimum wage in grunt work that allows precious little time for my art. With a bit of luck, I can potentially make as much of a living with my painting as I could at minimum wage, and doing what I love to do.
So I get the sleepless nights where my worries and thoughts are in full gear. A lot of unknowns. Expenses coming up that I have no funds for. How do I tackle promotion for the exhibit! I have enough paintings to cover the first exhibit but, will I have enough to cover the second exhibition right after in March? Will do, if I don't get many sales in the first. Where is that crystal ball when you need it. And still no movement on the possible Winnipeg centenary Icon commission which I had hoped would be contracted by now... As they say, you can't bank on a commission until there is a signature on the dotted line.
So tomorrow will be about trying to find more credit to get through until the closing of the first exhibit. The highlight tomorrow will be meeting with a good friend, Jordan Leigh Miller (artist and Excecutive Director of the cre8ery in Winnipeg) over a cup of coffee and catching up on news.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s after completing his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in his iconography in 1980, and having a large body of work in each. He has since been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back on the West Coast.