- Stephan Goetschius uses a variety of techniques to create the surface designs on his pieces. “Mandala 52″ is carved and accented with gold leaf.
Being an artist takes fortitude. It requires you to leave the comfort of the 9 to 5 working world and journey into the unknown. It’s often a lonely profession with hours spent in solitude at a workbench. And, especially in the early years of one’s career, there is plenty of rejection.
- Texture and movement are important aspects of Alex Adams’ work, such as “Circle,” which includes blown glass.
It takes passion and drive to transform oneself into a professional artist, and many who try never “make it.” That’s what makes the stories of those who do succeed so compelling. For the third year in a row, AmericanStyle is celebrating some of these success stories.
Each of these 10 emerging artists has been in business for less than a decade. Many had successful careers in other fields before they went out on their own. Others are still juggling the demands of being a practicing artist with full-time jobs. “My biggest challenge in getting established was my own fear of failure,” says Jacob Albee, whose jewelry designs have earned him national acclaim. “You play this game at great risk, but when you’re winning, it is a great feeling.”
For more of “The Courage To Create,” pick up the August 2008 issue of AmericanStyle today!