Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Advice From Donna Marxer

Donna Marxer is a recognized painter, writer, public speaker, and arts activist. Along with many roles in the art world, she is a regular columnist for Art Calendar magazine and a contributor to national art publications since the '60's. As a labor of love, she is a contributor of a series of oral interviews with older women artists for the National Archives of American Art.

She offers this sage advice: "First and foremost, artists should give up self-pity and do their work. Despair and fear of failure must be fought against as the enemies of creativity. Then, we artists should help one another, share information instead of hugging secrets. When we give out instead of hoarding our hurts, the pain becomes manageable and we are also doing some good for others."

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