18 Artist Success Stories 
The artist is an individual who practices the skill, expression, and application of a craft; a person engaged in any art.
Starting a business can be overwhelming. But starting an art business is even more so. How do you know where to start? What type of artwork should you offer? Are there any legal issues involved in being self-employed? These are just a few questions that occur to new artists, but they're good questions and you'll find the answers here.
Here are some real life success stories of becoming an artist:
1. Innerglow Art ($51.6K/year)
Sarah Hickey (from Plano, Texas, USA) started Innerglow Art over 6 years ago.
I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.
I am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.
2. Justin Erickson Art ($10.5K/year)
Justin Erickson (from Vancouver) started Justin Erickson Art about 6 years ago.
Hi! My name is Justin Erickson and I am what you would call an independent artist.
Despite the global pandemic, I am consistently earning between $500-$1,500 a month. That is down from last year, but it’s certainly not as glum as I was expecting when this all started.
Learn more about starting an artist:
Where to start?
-> How much does it cost to start an artist?
-> Pros and cons of an artist
-> Examples of established artist
-> Marketing ideas for an artist
4. URSULA BARTON ($36K/year)
Ursula Barton (from Portland, Oregon, USA) started URSULA BARTON about 11 years ago.
My name is Ursula Barton and I am an artist who has built two small businesses. My first business started with paper goods featuring my artwork of the Portland bridges: postcards, greeting cards, and archival prints.
This gratitude has been met with great support not only with the wonderful turnouts we get at our events but in the sales we have had in just our first few months of being open, word of mouth has been our biggest asset.
5. Just Artisan ($120K/year)
Marcello De Lio (from Mississauga) started Just Artisan about 3 years ago.
Hi everyone! My name is Marcello De Lio, I am the founder of Just Artisan. I created Just Artisan in 2020 to help artists and makers sell their creations online.
Our beta launched in early 2020 and received amazing feedback from our early artists, and vendors. With strong results, we fully launched in June 2020, and have been growing ever since. We had $15000 in sales during December with very little ad-spend and are on track to keep growing through 2021.
6. Sarah Paints Pets ($42K/year)
Sarah Miller (from Atlanta, Georgia, USA) started Sarah Paints Pets about 5 years ago.
Hello! I’m Sarah Miller, aka the “sarah” in my small business, sarahpaintspets. I make a living painting custom watercolor pet portraits for the biggest of animal lovers across the United States and Canada.
I know how it feels to have fully loved and mourned a sweet, good pet. I take a moment every week to remember that feeling so that I can empathize and connect with my customers. Making Toby's portrait my logo is my promise to paint every pet as if they were my own.
7. Station 16 Editions / S16 ($4.2M/year)
Adam Vieira (from Montreal, Quebec, Canada) started Station 16 Editions / S16 over 9 years ago.
Hi, my name is Adam Vieira, and I’m the creative director for Station 16 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Montreal heavily influenced by graffiti and street art.
We showcase original art, sculptures, and works on paper, which changes every month, sometimes every week. We also launch a new limited edition silkscreen print every month with international artists.
8. Suzann K Fine Art ($76.8K/year)
suzanne kaltbaum (from Lake Mary, FL, USA) started Suzann K Fine Art about 6 years ago.
Printing on mixed metals helps highlight the picture to elevate the design and customers' points of view. Starting locally, joining clubs like the Orlando Camera Club, also gave me a platform to meet others creating in this space and opportunities to network and grow my business.
9. Brush Tokes ($30K/year)
Kelly (from California, USA) started Brush Tokes about 5 years ago.
Brush Tokes is 420-Friendly art sessions created by artists - Kelly and Natasha.
The income for Brushtokes ranges on how many classes are scheduled a month. When we sell out of classes - it is up to $2500 per month and growing.
10. Art Lovers Australia ($1.92M/year)
Nancy Donaldson (from Gold Coast, Australia) started Art Lovers Australia over 6 years ago.
Art Lovers Australia is Australia’s Premier Online Gallery. We get excited about sharing the incredible talent of Australian artists and we make buying art easy for our art-loving community.
11. Bayard Art Consulting ($7.2K/year)
Steve Bayard (from Berlin, Germany) started Bayard Art Consulting almost 4 years ago.
Hello, my name is Steve Bayard and I'm the founder of Bayard Art Consulting in Berlin, Germany. I started this business on the 1st of May 2019 with a series of small art exhibitions and public events in a private art gallery while taking a freelance art consultant role beside my call center job.
Preview of the new products created by Steve Bayard for Bayard Art Consulting in Berlin, Germany
12. Mapply ($180K/year)
Scott Wood (from Edinburgh, UK) started Mapply over 4 years ago.
Hello Starter Story! My name is Scott Wood and I'm the co-founder of Mapply - an Edinburgh-based map print company specializing in colorful map art prints of the world’s best places. We sell primarily city map prints, but also have since expanded to customized prints of anywhere in the world in a variety of striking colors.
We are also sold in numerous brick and mortar stores across Edinburgh and plan to expand to the rest of the UK and beyond over the next few years.
13. Art Splash Academy of Fine Arts ($24K/year)
Meenakshi S (from Chennai) started Art Splash Academy of Fine Arts over 7 years ago.
A warm welcome to all the readers. Thanks to Starter Story for the encouragement and motivation by covering our story.
Definitely, music heals. It helps to improve concentration and memory. Usage of the left and right brain and coordination helps us to enhance our grasping ability. Yoga helps to de-stress and helps stay fit. Arts definitely helps us to unwind ourselves.
14. Dropcloth Samplers ($180K/year)
Rebecca Ringquist (from Portland, OR, USA) started Dropcloth Samplers about 12 years ago.
Hi! I’m Rebecca Ringquist. I’m an artist and entrepreneur living in Portland, Oregon.
Ten years later, that Original Sampler is by far the best seller and comprises at least 25% of yearly sales annually. Dropcloth Samplers started on a whim, but is now my full-time job, grossing over 15K a month.
15. Astrography ($1.08M/year)
Adam Jesionkiewicz (from Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland) started Astrography about 4 years ago.
Hi, my name is Artur Kurasinski and I'm a co-owner of Astrography - a company dealing with printing and selling fine arts related to space. During the last 20 years, Adam (CEO) and I have established a lot of different companies and businesses. Many of them have not survived and we have gained a lot of experience in setting up and running startups (mostly technological).
Since we had a bad experience with loans and investors we agreed to finance and develop the company only from current revenues. We agreed that we did not want to create a huge entity but a small, family business. The times of dreams about creating a unicorn are behind us :)
16. Blake.Art ($360K/year)
Blake Jamieson (from New York, NY, United States) started Blake.Art about 3 years ago.
Blake Jamieson, 36, is a portrait pop and NFT artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2020, he worked with Topps, redesigning 20 iconic baseball cards for their Project 2020 campaign. In 2021, Jamieson made $46,000 in 6 weeks selling his art as NFTs and doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
The market for NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, has exploded this year – and many creators have profited off of the hype.
- Blake Jamieson is a 36 years old portrait pop and NFT artist located in Brooklyn, NY.
- He redesigned 20 storied baseball cards for Topps' Project 2020 campaign 2020.
- Jamieson made $46,000 in 6 weeks in 2021 by selling his works of art as NFTs, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down.
- He started reinvesting the Ethereum he earned from selling his own works to the neighborhood and other artists.
Read the full story on theouterrealm.io ➜
17. Kirsty Partridge Art ($36.7K/year)
Kirsty Partridge (from United Downs, Redruth, England, UK) started Kirsty Partridge Art about 8 years ago.
On Jan 9, 2015, Kirsty Partridge started an art youtube channel. Since then, she's gained over 1.3M subscribers and 81,296,486 views so far.
After she realized the growth potential of her Youtube channel, she launched her website, Kirsty Partridge Art, where she provides art tutorials, drawing guides, online art courses, and more.
Kirtsy also offers a personalized art course through her course Coloured Pencil Academy and to date, she has taught more than 21K+ students who have a deep love for art & drawing.
Read the full article on artismycareer.com ➜
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