So you want to be an artist.

From a 2009 interview of Asheville-based painter Barbara Fisher by Constance Humphries:

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

• Experiment a lot, follow your instincts.

DSCF3771• Let go of thinking you know what you’re doing.

• Start over again (if you’re just out of school).

• Set regular studio hours and show up.

• Work hard and listen to your inner voice.

• Don’t compare yourself to other artists.

• Talk to artists you admire.

• Don’t whine, it’s not an easy career path.

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