Master Advice From Painter Barbara Waterman-Peters

Detail of "MWS Rapunzel" by Barbara Waterman-Peters; oil on canvas

For as long as you can remember, people have been saying how talented you are and that you should be an artist. But where do you start and how do you know if you have what it takes?

Regardless of where you are in your career, there is always an opportunity to learn something new. As recognized leaders in our creative community, we’ve asked the artists in Kansas Masters to share what they’ve learned along the way, including what the word “master” means to them.

Hopefully, through their wisdom, you’ll feel a push in the right direction, or at least the inspiration you need to keep going and keep seeking.

Painter Barbara Waterman-Peters says:

To be referred to as a “master” one has to have achieved a high level of expertise and professionalism in a given field. The accolade is a supreme compliment.

One of my pieces of advice to young artists is to work hard, learning everything you can from other artists and teachers. Even if it seems strange or not what you want to do, you never know when that knowledge will come in handy! Look at art in galleries, museums, magazines, books and on the Internet. Read about art. MAKE ART!!!  Meet other artists and talk to them. Show your art every chance you have! Join or form a group of artists. Art is more than just making the work—it is involvement in the world around you, communicating what you feel.

I have developed a system which I share with emerging and amateur artists (even professionals) called T.A.M. which stands for Talent, Ambition and Marketing. Read it here.

Come see Barbara’s paintings at Kansas Masters, which runs September 2 through October 21 at the Sabatini Gallery.

Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.