I found myself in debt when I purchased my first home a few years ago due to the rising cost of rental living. I still drive a 2003 vehicle to keep debt at a minimum.
I try to support myself with freelance graphic design work, but am struggling to find work this entire year and last year due to the economy. That little bit of freelance income would go towards art supplies and workshops and allow me the freedom to paint. A huge economic reality: I can no longer afford to pursue my love of glass fusion or learn new glass techniques due to the expense of materials. Haven't shown in a gallery for several years; I am hoping to find one that will showcase my work.
My financial well-being depends entirely on my ability to be creative, yet money is my motivation (how sad is that!). Being in debt forces me to buy cheaper, low-grade paints and canvases. I reduced the number of juried art shows I participate in due to hanging fees. I no longer join art and networking organizations because of high membership fees. Ultimately, I've disengaged from the outside world of art "enthusiasts." Hence, both my artwork and my professional life suffer from a lack of exposure and community involvement.