posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 06:47 PM
Lordy! Some of you people sound just like my mother did 30 years ago!
All I ever wanted to do was draw and paint......did it all the way through school. Painted the school logo ( tiger) on everything from the gym floor
to the home coming parade floats....did every one's posters for student council elections, etc, etc. But noooo, my grades were good, I could do
anything.....I didn't have to waste my life trying to be an artist! So I relented, majored in Home Ec. ( managed to sneak in a minor in art
).....planned to teach.
Welllll......when I graduated there was a glut of home ec. teachers....they were everywhere, teaching first grade, second grade, and so on. The state
did not even give the test for extension agents ( Home ec. majors, again) every year, because there was a glut there as well. So I went to work for
the telephone co.!
Years later, after being laid off from Ma Bell, I carried a few photos of my paintings to the employment agency with me....just in case. They sent
me to a company that did outdoor billboards. ( By no means a 'fine' art job, but you'd be surprised at the landscapes and portraits that job calls
I worked there ten years, didn't get rich, but made more than you might think. When that company downsized, I was hired by a local business to do
their catalog layouts and decorative painting of items they sold. Again, not a 'fine' art job, but an 'artist's' job none the less.
I was also in the process of going back to school and getting a teaching cert. to be a high school art teacher, until my mother became ill and I had
to curtail my plans to see after her and my father. ( Say what you will about teacher's pay.....it's still more money than lots of folks make, my
sister in law drives a jaguar!)
While those jobs were not terribly glamorous, they were commercial artist jobs.....so some do exist!