We had the good fortune of connecting with Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deirdre, how do you think about risk?
I started my career in fine art later in life, after a career in event design. As a female, entering the fine art world (especially when older) was intimidating and definitely felt like a risk. I was very nervous to exhibit my inner world, but my work has been met with more love and kindness than I anticipated. I never would have found the creative fulfillment I have now without having first taken the risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am where I am because of all the incredible people around me. I’ve definitely faced challenges along the way, but I’ve relied on my friends at every turn—especially other artists. I want the world to know that I work really hard at my craft and that I care deeply about the process of creating the best art I can. Curating has been very important to me also, as I’m trying to open more avenues for other female artists.
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?
I love Grauman’s Chinese Theater; I see the hand and footprints in concrete as a giant art installation. We’d start there and then we’d take a long walk to my favorite Thai place in the city, Jitlada.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
La Luz de Jesus Gallery gave me my start. They were the first gallery to believe in my work. Matt Kennedy, the director at the time, put me in a Laluzapalooza show and after he sold my piece gave me a few other shows; that led to the growth of my career. Billy Shire, the gallery’s owner, has also been incredible. I can’t thank them enough for their expertise, guidance, and professionalism.
Katie Frankenbach (photographer of the 1 installation shot)