We had the good fortune of connecting with Bonnie Sailer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bonnie, how has the public health crisis affected your views on work-life balance?
I feel the Covid-19 crisis has affected mine, and a large majority of others to see that despite whether they have hardships or not, …life simply goes on. We cannot work so darn hard, to be balanced – as most of us do. Working harder does not create better results, it only goes to damage of system of being healthy and happy. And happy leads to more progress; a mind is clearer and much more receptive to creativity and progress towards what we really want. Stepping back – letting things go, taking time to “smell the roses” – is the silver lining (which hopefully was a realization for many) due to Covid-19. I’ve pulled back on work – and it’s done wonders for me in so many ways.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel what sets me apart from other artists is my style. I feel it’s uniquely mine — which of course many artists would certainly claim this – but my art has a certain passion and movement that is quite recognizable. Beyond my motto: “Painter of Atmospheric Light” – “movement” is the other consistent recognizable trail about my art. So the “light source” and “movement” in my art – are what I feel are my art’s most distinguishable traits. Professionally, I not where I want to be. Most artists has a very long trail ahead of them – unless they have connections to very wealthy patrons. Or unless you personally know thousands of people who have deep pockets. I have neither of these – so my progress to someday being a self-sufficient artist where I can actually live off the proceeds from the art I sell, – is all going to take time. It is not easy everyday continuing to produce art – wondering when you brand is going to take off. It’s the “starving artist’s story” for me at present – so personal belief in what I do just has to hold fast. The best way for others to know about my brand and my story is to read it on my website www.bonniesailer.com it’s quite in depth on want I wish to bring the word with my art. There is also a blog on my website that tells of my very first experience in Art College . . . literally where the “painting part” all began.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Big Sur, (California) is definitely the spot that in my heart creates the most passion for me, and that I would love sharing with anyone. I paint Carmel, and Big Sur & Point Lobos landscapes – and there is simply no other place that possesses so much beauty and excitement for me. To spend time along the Big Sur coastline is idyllic. Even further down into Cambria is heaven. For friends of mine that have never experienced this majestic coastline – it would be a magical ride. Visiting the River Inn, Nepenthe, Ventana, & Point Lobos are three of the gems that are at the top of my list for hanging out. Hiking the trails at Point Lobos is simply amazing. This national park allows one to immersing yourself in some of the most beautiful coastal land on this planet; from the ocean, the wildlife (otters, seals & sea birds) to the open expanse of diverse & beautiful plants; it all leaves you breathless!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say that the people on Instagram – friends and acquaintances are those that I so appreciate as “supporters”. They are highly supportive in their praise and appreciation of my work. Artist’s friends on Instagram are creatives that form a special bond – as we have an outlet to share our trials and tribulations as artists. The art market has changed so much from being able to be represented (well) in a physical gallery (if given the opportunity at all) – to instead the realization that most of us have to make an attempt to selling our art on-line.
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