What is the best thing about being an artist?
Manon Sander: Of course, there are the obvious perks, like having an outdoor office or occasionally working barefoot in the sand, getting away with paint-stained attire, getting to wear cute hats, taking people on trips to beautiful places. But amongst the best things is that when I get up in the morning, I’m already so excited because I get to do what I love most. The impact art has on others is also very rewarding: Watching a collector falling in love with a piece they feel a strong emotional connection to, or a student who feels freshly inspired and motivated by a class, or that I can help to make a difference with my art by painting in fundraisers.
How did you develop your own unique style?
Manon Sander: I believe that someone’s style will emerge slowly, because it’s like handwriting: It happens with practice and is not something that can or should be forced. Interesting enough, amongst the artists I personally know, their style often mirrors their personalities. Of course, I have favorite artists who have influenced me, but I apply everything I have in my artistic tool box in my own way. How I use color or make marks contributed to my own recognizable style, as well as lots of painting mileage.
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