Master Advice From Sculptor Linda Ganstrom

"Butterfly Effect, Bambi Torso", "Butterfly Effect, Wetlands Daughter" and "Butterfly Effect, Porcelain Tiara" by Linda Ganstrom; mixed media

"Butterfly Effect, Bambi Torso", "Butterfly Effect, Wetlands Daughter" and "Butterfly Effect, Porcelain Tiara" by Linda Ganstrom; mixed media

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.

Sculptor Linda Ganstrom says:

A master is a highly accomplished individual who offers insight, wisdom and skills to the community. A master seeks to assist students and disciples in their journey to learn their own truth and gain the skills they need in order to make their contributions to the community.

Be persistent. Imagine your best possible life, outline the steps needed to get there, then make it happen one step at a time.

Avoid people who destroy your dreams with “practical” advice. Creating art rarely seems a practical choice to those who know nothing of the profession and practice.

Avoid making excuses for yourself. Find a way to make your art.

Find a teacher and environment that nourishes you and nurtures your skills.

To network, get out there and get involved in the arts community. It is amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who receives the credit or getting rich. A “can do” attitude attracts others.

You should feel energized and fully alive if you are on the right track. An artist sees deeply, feels deeply and has deep insight. Deep studio time is a timeless place of great peace and satisfaction. If you hate going to the studio, find another job. Balance your art and life. It is more important to be a good person than a good artist.

Think about how your work contributes to culture and life. Be aware of what you are putting out there. Make sure your life and art are part of creating a better world.

Come see Linda’s mixed media sculptures 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.