I was thinking about the ongoing quest in getting the word out about the totem series and painting in general, and how I struggle with getting any momentum going with support and sales. It's a catch-22 which has plagued me. To me, the problem becomes apparent when you arrive to my website. It has a split focus between the iconography and my visual arts. And the two are distinct. I can see how that also confuses my supporters, as they too will likely have a split within their interest; either for the iconography or the acrylic paintings, or even both.
And within this catch-22, my studio time also becomes split, in the ongoing efforts for much needed income to support my son and I. With online sales remaining difficult to acquire, necessary to continue devoping the series, I have been fortunate in getting a few commissions in the iconography. Always in the nick of time in trying to pay the bills.
But when I divert attention to my iconography side, it detracts from my other painting. My supporters in turn, come to see fewer postings of new paintings, and naturally lose interest. And without sufficient interest in the current paintings which are available, my time becomes taken by just surviving. And the iconography, even though my body of work extends over 30 years, for many, I remain an unknown, and the momentum has never taken off there either, even after very significant commissions. And on and on and on it goes. I've pondered much on the whys and wherefores, and take one day at a time.
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.