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Life Of This Artist number 1. 
LOTA #1 

Have you ever wondered what the nuts and bolts of actually being an artist is like? Are you an artist yourself? Let me give you a peek in how I do it around here. I am going to share some of my daily goings on this (for me unlikely) crazy profession. I aim to be candid and not pull any punches on some of my struggles and triumphs. I will let you in on how I create my paintings. I’ll share my marketing experiments and their results! This was never taught in school! (I may even rant on why it was not ) I’ll share on how I struggle to find time for art making and organizing my day. I am a husband a father of two young energetic boys and a brand spanking new little girl, I am also an adjunct professor at a local college and depending on the results of my marketing, then I am also an adjunct professor at a NOT so local college or university. Sometimes this is necessary to make ends meet and yet despite having nearly 2 or 3 nervous breakdowns a week I consider myself to be far more successful than I ever thought I’d be. I believe that some of that came from my experience at the Arts Students League in the late 90’s and how procrastination (and a dollop of laziness) actually helped! That’s right I am in the permanent collection of two major museums and have paintings living across the planet, and have a few prizes to boot much of it because of good ol laziness (actually it is really stubborn perseverance and an unshakable belief in yourself that did it but TRUST ME it looks like laziness from the outside) I’ll share all of this and more. So please make yourself a tea or coffee and follow me. 

.....and oh, please feel free to comment and write to me about any topic of art you might want me to rant about.  

You can take a look at most of my work current work on instagram @johnsanchez and over at   

I also on occassion, when time allows, when the stars align just right, teach privately. Write me an email about that if you are interested:


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