Name of Professional: Robert Rohm
Date of Interview: 10/24/16
My third interview was conducted with Robert Rohm, an experienced painter. From the interview, I was hoping to learn about how artists advertise and get their work recognition. I have studied a fair amount about what is important in the field of art, but I have never looked into what people actually do in the field. If I want to work in the field of art, it is important to learn about what artists actually do as part of their work.
During the interview, I learned the basics of how galleries work. I was introduced to the mindset of how to begin advertising myself in galleries. I would have to being small. Visit small galleries and shows, but I would also have to make sure they are respected galleries. It is important to show people that I want to be a serious artist. Over time I would begin moving up in galleries to bigger and better galleries, with the end goal of prestigious galleries that would give me recognition. Not only did I learn about the value of galleries, but also of the value of identity. An artist needs to know what they enjoy working with, and do that. They need to be informed in the style and techniques they use. This quite encouraging, Knowing myself would help in how I would tackle competitions in preparing myself to improve. To me this means that if I set my mind to improvement and originality, I can, and will, achieve success.
I was not only taught the basics of being an artist, but also how to be a successful artist. Only the most unique artists are successful and those were rare. As Mr. Rohm put it, art is a personal career, that involves experimentation. An artist has to make sure they do not follow trends. They need to work on what they enjoy because that is what will not only satisfy them, but also sell. This is monumental for me. I see now, being an artist, of any kind, is different from being anything else. If I want to follow my passion, that is what I should do. I should not conform to what is popular and what will sell. I have to follow my passion in the fullest extent, which means to do what I enjoy, and what I am best at. I will for sure, in the future, look to find exactly what I enjoy most about art, and improve on that above all else.
I also managed to learn about the tough challenges of being a painter. It seems pretty much all artists are forced into secondary jobs. To put it simply, it is what pays the bills. Mr. Rohm showed me to schools of thought over the subject. The first is that an artist should pick a secondary job to do with art, this is what Mr. Rohm does, because it is what they are experienced in and what they enjoy; it might even inspire the artist. The other is that an artist should get a job away from art simply to avoid being burnt out from art. This is the most discouraging aspect of the work to me, this almost ensurance of a second job. It means I must do my best to avoid having a secondary job, but also be prepared to do so.
The most invigorating part of my interview with Mr. Rohm was discussing history. He explained to me he is a history buff, to be specific, an art history buff. He explained learning art history is useful in learning of art’s evolution and to see what resonates with you. This is incredibly interesting, I love history, and this would give me an opportunity to study history and learn more about art at the same time. It seems every artist I talk to is incredibly passionate about what they do, which inspires me to do the same.