I am in approximately $14,500 in debt. I got in that debt mostly by living beyond my means, and using credit cards or personal loans. I really do not like the feeling of being limited by money, so sometimes, when I am able, I throw caution to the wind.
I am a single father, so I do what I have to do. Up until three years ago I worked part time as a professional BUS BOY. Although I have always made some money through my art work, I have not made enough from my work for me and my son to survive on. Three years ago I got into the DIRECTOR'S GUILD OF CANADA in the art department, it is the first time ever in my life to get a decent pay cheque. The work however comes in a feast or famine style. Luckily I seem to be forever optimistic. My financial reality seems to be continuing to improve.
I have always seen my art practice as a spiritual pursuit, and have been conflicted at times about the place money has in my work. I definitely try to keep the thought of selling separate from my motivation for creating. I do believe there is a balance possible, by which I can sell what I am most passionate about. I do not want my work to be motivated by making money, yet I still want to make money from my work. In the end, like Van Gogh, I see myself as a worker, and my art as my most important work, wether I am being paid or not.