Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Brian Sostrom. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Brian, thanks for joining us today. Risk taking is something we’re really interested in and we’d love to hear the story of a risk you’ve taken.
I have done digital art and illustration for years. A company I was remotely working for decided all employees had to physically be in the office for their job. This was many years before the pandemic and remote working became common place. I was not willing to do that, in fact moved hundreds of miles away. I had to make the decision to search out contract work or fully focus on my own art. I chose the path I should have taken much sooner. Working on art for myself, painting that I am passionate about.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers.
I am an artist, I predominantly paint landscapes and meditative dreamscapes. It is my obsession and how I chose to spend my days. It has taken many years to establish myself and find art galleries and art collectors that have allowed me to live my dream. Simply making a living putting paint to panel is a huge point of pride for me. Better still I have found my own path, making art that is unique and recognizable. Finding your own voice and unique style is fundamental and so very important to me as an artist.
Can you share a story from your journey that illustrates your resilience?
The work I do involves inconsistent and unpredictable income. That is the lesson I learned early and often. I have solo art shows at galleries, one a year. I do commission work if it interests me. I sell prints online through minted.com. I sell paintings directly to clients around the world. I manage to supply paintings to galleries around the country beyond my solo exhibits. In summary I diversify my income streams and work very hard.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
Most of my professional career previously involved deadlines and pleasing other people. I still have deadlines but along the way I decided to simply please myself with the paintings I create. Staying authentic and true to my own vision has allowed me to find galleries and clients that appreciate my unique aesthetic and that has been very gratifying.
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