Making a Creative Career: Deb Chaney ‘92
In a wonderfully meandering and candid interview, Crofton House alumna and visual artist Deb Chaney (‘92) sat down with 1898 to talk about her career and her ongoing desire to inspire young artists to follow their creative dreams. One thing that became clear as we spoke, is that there are what Deb calls “compassionate” ways for artists to avoid some of the stereotypical patterns of dark genius that characterized careers like those of Pollock, Rothko, and van Gogh. Deb herself has creatively resisted the self-destructive temptations that can come with trying to overcome personal obstacles, and she feels it is a crucial part of her work to help others who wish to do the same.
She also discussed in detail the process of how she found the diverse mentors, courses, and resources that helped her become a successful artist. While she had some opportunities handed to her, it became clear as we spoke that she has generated far more through her own passion, curiosity, and fearlessness. One of her driving questions early on was “What stops artists, and why don’t they succeed?” and she talked in depth with us about how she addressed the technical, entrepreneurial, and visionary aspects of an art career to become self-sustaining in her pursuits.
It was a remarkable discussion, and would provide a very insightful study for anyone who is considering a career in art. Indeed, anyone who has ever wondered how to go from daydreaming about a project to taking action may find great value in Deb’s story. You can read the full interview by following the link below.
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Wednesday January, 30, 2013 at 10:46AM
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