Interview with Jacklyn Hancock

Jacklyn Hancock is a visual artist from Caledon, Ontario with a background in fine art and creative design. So the reason is I chose to interview her via email.

CP: How much of your annual income comes from your art, and how much comes from other sources?

JH: Since graduating almost a year ago I have only sold 3 photographs, 1 fabric collage, 1 mixed media painting, a necklace and 10 sets of 6-pack christmas ornaments. Therefore, basically NO money is made from my art, I rely solely on my job throughout the week to survive.

CP: What percentage of your time do you actually spend working in your studio? And what do you spend the rest of your life doing to support that time?

JH: ROUGHLY:
30 hours per week at gallery manager and art co-ordinator job (paid)
20 hours per week volunteering for youth art space (unpaid)
40 hours per week on my own art business (unpaid)
40 hours per week on sleep
15 hours per week traveling
23 hours with friends/ family/ boyfriend

CP: Do you belong to any professional associations? If so, why? What are the advantages that membership provides you?

JH: Member of Headwaters Arts (benefits of entering juried monthly gallery exhibitions, networking, meeting other artists,

Member of Orangeville Art Group (benefits of being invited to discounted workshops, networking, opportunities to enter group shows at variety of venues, discounts at art store)

Creative Director/ Committee Member of Club Art Youth Space (volunteer work on reusume, networking, opportunities to enter bi-monthly group exhibitions within the Club Art Space and outside venues, networking, helping community youth, teaching kids art, learning from others, creating something meaningful to community, committee coordination experience, creative directing experience, the list goes on!)

CP: Do you belong to a wider artist’s community, beyond any professional associations? What is that community, and why do you participate in it?

JH: My job at the gallery is a community of artists, club art where I volunteer is a community of artists, and the organizations I belong to is a community of artists, my college friends and teacher are now a community of artists for me, and the small town I live in is very supportive of local arts so thats a community of arts

CP: Who is your audience? Who buys your work? Does your audience consist of one consistent demographic, or different demographics? How have you expanded your audience over time? How do you market your work? Professionally, what’s your goal? How do you represent your art?

JH: There is no common thread to who buys my work. Sometimes people I know from work who see my progress and fall in love with something I have done or just want to support me, sometimes family, sometimes friends from college, sometimes complete strangers at art shows, sometimes connections and referrals from other artists I am getting to know. I have over 600 blog followers around the world, hundreds of linked in professional connections, 150 Facebook art page likes, and 500 personal Facebook connections that all see every new creative endeavour I take on. I also get amazing exposure through working at a gallery, and making solid personal connections with local business and word of mouth. I am ALWAYS trying to expand my audience, the more people who see my art the better!

CP: What sort of education and/or training have you pursued in your career as an artist? Was it worth it? What were the most valuable things you’ve taken away from your education or training?

JH: 1 year of art fundamentals at Sheridan College
2 years of advanced visual and creative arts at Sheridan College
Multiple workshops
Multiple Grant Seminars
1 year of managing a gallery and running a non profit arts organization

ALL WORTH IT. The 3 years of school gave me the time to experiment, the confidence and skills to pursue a career in art and the year of working as a visual artist and gallery manager/art coordinator has taught me what it is ACTUALLY like to be an artist trying to make a living. Workshops are humbling and a regular reminder to always be expanding your skills and knowledge and experimenting with techniques. Grant seminars show you that there are possibilities of gaining funding from the government to help you pursue your artistic endeavours.

CP: Does your art practice have an impact on the way you do your taxes? If so, how?

JH: I don’t know yet, I will be doing my taxes soon.

CP: What sorts of legal issues, if any, have you had to deal with in making or selling your art?

JH: Copyright issues- do not copy anybody’s else’s art ever! Watermark on your images, gallery consignment contracts, and thats about it so far for legalities of my own art business. For my volunteer position and working position at a non profit business- the politics and legalities are never ending.

Contact Information:
Jacklyn Hancock Visual Arts
http://www.hancockjacklyn.wordpress.com
hancockjacklyn@gmail.com
(519) 288 – 5786

Headwaters Arts
http://www.headwatersarts.com

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