Artists are a group of people who are not driven by success, but by a need to take something inside, to hear what no one else can hear. To see what no one else can see. Artists seek the vision within a mass of stone or wood to find the eternal beauty. Artists are a class of people who are wired for creation. Artists are different then other peoples mind set who are wired for execution. Because artists are driven for this passion of creation, this passion will get them through any situation that confronts them. Whether it is rejection or economic struggles, Artists keep going, not because of your resilient for the sake of being resilient; it is because you’re resilient because you have a bigger vision then just that moment in time.  Because if Artists lets those moments of failure get in their way, they would quit as soon at the first moment of rejection, because a creative job is the most miserable of jobs, it consists of going to failure to failure to failure  until you make a success. If you’re doing it for the money or because it’s cool. You will never get to the end point. It is a Zen like experience

Busy year so far with myself and my art. Still exhibiting at the Long Beach Museum of Art, until April 12, 2015, check out the museum my LA friends. 
The Juried Art exhibit at the Hui Noeau in Makawao, Maui will be up for one more day. My exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, will be open to the public on Friday, February 20, 2015 until the summer. Art Palm Beach exhibit was on January 21st to the 25th , 2015. I will be attending invitational Museum talk at the Honolulu Museum of Art, tomorrow followed by dinner at the beautiful estate of the Twigg-Smith family, Hawaii's number collector of art and there are two more juried art exhibits coming up in March of this year. All this on top of securing 4 new galleries this year to representing my art. Namaste. — with Derek Bencomo-Maui Wood Artist.


Top Ten Tips To Sell Your Art- tip number 2

The most important things for survival as an emerging artist, in order of importance, are:

2. Be ethical. Being ethical means doing things which aid you, and the people and the world around you, to survive. Ethics is a personal thing. When a person does things which they themselves, deep down, know are not helpful to their own and others survival, they then cut back their own success. You are basically good and you only allow yourself success if you feel you deserve it. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to be ethical.

As an up and coming artist and someone who was completely new to the game. I didn’t even think of the “ethical part” of being an artist in business. It is often overlooked and not many people really understand. It is your actions that will establish what others think of you. From how you price your art work to how you describe your process. Don’t try to fool people or take advantage of them. Be as honest to one person as you are to the next. Consistency will define you. The best advertising an artist can get is word of mouth, if you are perceived as being an ethical artist from one happy client, he will spread the word. Don’t become your worst enemy, become your own best friend


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The most important things for survival as an emerging artist, in order of importance, are:


  1. Make drop dead stunning art. Make art that just stops people in their tracks. The competition is T O U G H. To survive your work has to be the best of the best of the best. The definition for a good work of art is: "Technical expertise itself adequate to produce an emotional impact." So make sure you have exceptional technique, but that you do not concentrate so much on technique that you do not get your communication out. It's the technique that gets people looking and interested and it's the message that makes a work of art have the true power of art.



When I started out it was more or less a hobby to make some extra cash on the side. Sure I loved to work with my hands and with wood. I was already restoring antiques and re-selling them on the side. I knew how to use a lathe from wood shop back in high school, (I thought I did, but really didn’t)

When I first started selling my work, just simple wood bowls and platters by today’s standards they probably look amateurish and not well made. But at the time they were the best that I could do. This was and still is an important message to learn and keep with. Always do your best work that you can do at the present moment.

As you keep on pursuing your craft, your technical skills will and should get better, enabling you to create better work.

As you get more confident, your work will become easier though fore your artistic skills will flow more. Just remember to be the best of the best of the best will require some time. It takes 10,000 hours to learn a skill to be at the top of the game. In perspective, that would be a full time job for the next 5 years learning. Still want to be the best?


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