Interview Assessment #3
Name of Professional: Misty Foster
Profession/Title: Freelance Painter
Business/Company name: Fresh Paints
Date of Interview: January 25, 2018
I do not know if interview is the right term; it was more like a conversation. Do not misunderstand me, we spoke of art. We spoke of the business of art. Mrs. Foster shared her experience painting walls and murals; she told me of how her business spread through word of mouth more than anything else. What stood out from other interviews was that we went a bit deeper.
Mrs. Foster said that art is a life-long journey of improvement. In art, and life for that matter, challenges constantly swarm us. They help define and mold us; they build us up. Mrs. Foster explained that these challenges change artists’ way of thinking. They become focused on cultivating that improvement and using it to grow. I found that this connects to my thoughts that the challenges Ms. Vernon provided allowed me to develop and drastically better myself. It also illustrates that improvement-centered mindset that I have held for the last year is something I developed through the hurdles imposed on me in ISM and art. In a way it affirms that my constant dedication to improvement is a beneficial trait to have.
Another point of conversation we had was in regards to what creates talent. Mrs. Foster spoke of it as something developed over time. She stated that interest motivates improvement, and this improvement is what creates talent. In a sense, it should be something to be worked at; it will never be perfect. It made me realize that it painters have a different mindset; it is another way to see the world. Following this way of thinking allows an artist to grow more than they could otherwise.
What I realized as after our interview is that art should not be relegated to just that, but everything. Ms. Vernon once said, “artist are the best problem solvers,” that quality can be useful just about everywhere. Artists work to better themselves and the world around them; their mindset is not just for art. If one carries it to other fields they may improve on that also. What Mrs. Foster said validates Ms. Vernon’s statement. It makes me think of art as a mechanism for betterment. Regardless where I end up, it could foster me to grow and make the best of where I am at.
It is incredibly encouraging to think art can also connect to my life. Art can be used to help me improve as a painter and person. I would like to be conscious of that. To do so I must focus on the challenges it brings; I must embrace and reflect on what I learn from these obstacles. I sort of did that last year after painting the one hundred paintings. The experience taught me how to handle a large task and break it down. If I pay attention to these challenges and their lessons I might even be able to incorporate them into my speech. Oddly enough, writing about this excited me.
The interview was extremely encouraging. I felt as though it has helped me re-prioritise myself on bettering my faults. Moreover, it reaffirms my choices in pursuing it even if I decide not to become a painter later in life. The lessons taught by art can be used elsewhere and have provided me a great deal of fulfillment. The thought of it is motivating; it compels me to keep trying to improve despite how discouraged I might feel. By fostering this mindset I may be able to tackle my weaknesses this year. I am sure that doing so will help my mental health and determination. The only real complaint I have about the interview is that I left with little practical knowledge. That, however, feels like a nitpick compared to what I gained from it.
I feel as though I am not wasting my time, and I would like to express that in my speech. I know that by talking about the lessons painting has taught me I may be able to do so. It is true, I have learned much from painting. For instance, painting the one hundred apples and my struggles last year showed me that dedication breeds success; my efforts were not in vain. This year, through my mentor, I have learned raw skill does not match tenacity. One’s determination to keep at it will allow them to go further than talent alone ever would because it creates talent. Additionally, following what I enjoy brings me much more joy and satisfaction than anything else. Sharing this information and describing how impactful art can be outside its realm would provide a nice message to those listening that are not artists.