November 13, 2019

What is The Small Town Artist Podcast and why should you care? 

I started The Small Town Artist Podcast because I became utterly aware of the unique situation I was in while building my own art career in a small town. I searched endlessly for a blue print of how I should start and what I should be doing. I found probably the same thing a lot of artists find online about art marketing. A found some good websites, and a lot of people claiming they had great advice but none of them had insight in how to make an art career in small town successful. And of course it all cost $. So I thought about how I could do it on my own. I learned a lot of lessons the hard doing. I didn't wait to have someone tell me it was okay or the right thing to do. I just jumped in and hoped to at least learn...

October 28, 2019

Selena was and still is the reigning queen of Tejano music and dare I say one of the most popular Hispanic Latina figures besides Frida Kahlo of all time.

October 11, 2019

I never thought I would write a post about this. I guess because I thought I'd always own the business I had. But like everything in life we must change and grow. I should preface this by saying this isn't a negative post. It's an insightful one. It's meant to help those that are in the paint and sip business now or that are thinking of starting one. So let's just jump in shall we? First of all let's change that description from "paint and sip" because as I sit here now that industry has changed to "create and sip". Maybe no one is saying it out loud but everyone is thinking it in the back in their mind (more about that change soon). I owned a paint and sip for close to eight years. When I started it was 2011 and not many folks had heard of one let alone been to one in San Angelo. It was a...

October 10, 2019

First of all if you're reading this you are either living in San Angelo, TX, moving here, or never heard of this town and clicked on the article. Why on earth would someone write or even claim that starting an art career in San Angelo, TX is a good idea? Glad you asked. Well because I've done it the past eight years and have done very well. Now to be clear I'm not saying you couldn't make it work in another city but I argue that San Angelo has many advantages for emerging artists. What I'm proposing is subjectively for visual artists. I wish I could speak for other forms of art but I only ever talk about what I know.

Lets list these because my brain tends to organize information better that way (and I think its easier to read).

1. San Angelo isn't a big city...or a small town

Have you ever sp...

October 9, 2019

It's that time of the year again. The best time of the year for many! Many of us that enjoy dressing up in weird costumes and garments most of the year feel accepted in October. Especially those of us that gravitate to the darker aesthetic like Dia De Los Muertos. As an artist from Mexico I identify very much with this cultural phenomenon which has begun to spread in popularity over the last few years. Yet until the movie Coco came out many people didn't know much about it beyond the face painting and decor that comes with celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. As an artist I see many using that as a selling point to push more sales. Every where from retail stores and individual artists alike. So why jump on the train and become another Dia De Los Muertos Artist?

The roots of Dia De Los Muert...

August 29, 2018

I thought I'd start sharing some interesting stories and even some candid confessions that I've experienced as a full time artist. I think we tend to sugar coat things on blogs sometimes but there is nothing more sobering and impactful than the brutal truth. Perhaps I'll begin this series with a story I like telling about my daughter.

Let's back up a bit to when I was just starting out. At the time my daughter was seven years old (she is 13 now) and I was in my first year as an artist. I had just taken on a commission to paint a Michael Jordan portrait for a young couple who wanted to decorate their son's room. I was really excited to paint a sports painting and even more excited to get paid for it. This was during the summer so my daughter was with me a lot during the week. She got to...

August 17, 2017

Do you remember how chilling it was to watch Arnold relentlessly pursue his target in Terminator part 1? Or how that liquid metal guy pursued them in part 2? It was like nothing could stop them, well almost nothing, but you get the point. Sometimes I stop and think about my career so far as an artist. Most of the achievements have come because I was persistent. Even when the odds were stacked against me I didn't stop, I simply kept moving forward.

I remember back in 2013 I was just getting into my first year as an artist and I really wanted to get some momentum going, to get my name out there. Yet no galleries would take me and I had little credibility as an artist and no collector base. So I decided to rent a small studio and hold my first solo show. At the time I was working a full time j...

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