Having a dedicated, private area to create is essential to a working artist. Call it a studio, call it a workshop, call it an atelier – the point is you have room to think, to try, to bring the idea that’s been percolating inside your mind forth into the world. In the privacy of a studio, an artist can push themselves, challenge themselves, face tough questions and find their truth – but not all studios are created equal.
We were able to connect with renowned maritime painter William Duffy just as he was completing a large commission. “There’s a spot in Nantucket that I’ve been painting for 25, maybe 30 years,” he explained. “It’s been very important to me. The nuances of color that nature can conjure up – there’s nothing like it. I could go to the exact same spot, but at different times – morning, noon, midnight under a full moon – and come away with a different painting every time.”
To quote Joseph Campbell, the famous American scholar and creativity expert, “To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”
At some point in an artist’s career, the need for a dedicated work space becomes difficult – even impossible – to ignore. The decision to rent studio space is a big commitment. Here’s a look at some of the reasons artists decide it’s time to have their own studio…
The artist’s studio occupies a unique place in our collective imagination. The public – especially those who appreciate but do not create art – often regard the studio as a type of magical workshop. Behind a closed door, working alone, an artist transforms materials that at first glance don’t seem all that special – canvas, clay, string, paint, and the like – into statements that have the power to move hearts, change minds, and influence society.
Delicately twisted twigs crafted in luxurious gold are some of Melissa McClure’s most well known works. An accomplished jewelry artist, McClure’s work connects two worlds: her own roots are split between Texas and NYC. That blending of rugged energy and sophisticated sensibilities is a winning combination: delicate organic jewelry with hefty visual appeal.
Ayn Kraven’s oversized canvases are full of life, color and energy – dynamic compositions that demand the viewer’s full attention. Working primarily in acrylics, oils, and mixed media, Kraven is an accomplished abstract artist with a robust, devoted following on her Instagram account, @AynKraven.