When asked how artists can build a following, P.A. Nisbet, a painter of outdoor landscapes, points to the intrinsic qualities of their artwork, instead of focusing on marketing strategy. Balancing the need to make money against the desire to remain true to the craft, Nisbet encourages artists to steer away from the trendy in favor of authenticity. Speaking your truth will resonate with your audience, he advises.
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This excerpt is part of a longer conversation, entitled “Reaching Art Collectors: An Art Panel Discussion,” which was hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with the Clark Hulings Foundation.
The discussion was moderated by Shannon Linker, vice president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and featured the following fine artists: H. David Wright (Gallatin, TN), Krystii Melaine (Colbert, WA), P.A. Nisbet (Sante Fe, NM), and Constance Scopelitis (Indianapolis, IN).