The Best Artist Bios Tell a Story…

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A Self Portrait

Artist bios are an important part of art. If you’re selling—or seeking to sell—your art or services, you’ll want to create a bio that evolves as you do. Your bio is your story in your words.

If your art is your hobby or passion, and you’re not sure if you want it to become something more, this may still be helpful for you. Your art and those who admire it, will all benefit by the addition of story to your creations.

Stories Add Dimension and Depth to Your Creations

One artist in the iCreateDaily community, Lynda Suzanne Wright, creates short 100-ish word stories for some of her art. Others give names to theirs, and these names intrigue, captivate and give the viewer an added dimension of contemplation.

This past Saturday, Devani and I were in a Lululemon store when she observed some cool art on the walls. Upon closer inspection, these were paintings from local artists. We were delighted to see this so queried the store clerk about it.

Apparently, Lululemon’s manager-run community stores like to feature local programs, such as yoga and meditation teachers, and local creators, such as visual artists. The store clerk said that one of the features of the art that got the most attention from customers, were the artist bios.

So when you’re creating, whether it’s paintings or something else, it’s a great idea to include the story behind that piece. The origin story becomes the bio for each creation. Similarly, your story is often that which helps prospects become fans and patrons.

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If you haven’t updated yours in awhile, you need to. Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten to it yet… don’t worry if it’s old. It’s better to have a short and simple artist bio that none at all.  But do plan on updating it soon. Don’t make it a chore; make it a part of your creative expression.

Audio Article – The Best Artist Bios

Don’t overthink your bio, don’t try for perfection, but do work on it to update and improve it periodically.

Your artist biography is as important as the art you create and as much a creative extension of you as your art. Craft your bio to tell your story and people will find you because of who you are as much as for what you create.

Your bio is your self portrait, and as important as the art you create, because story is the connecting link between you, your creation and your patrons.

~LeAura Alderson,
Your artist biography is as important as the art you create and as much a creative extension of you as your art. Craft your bio to tell your story and people will find you because of who you are as much as for what you create. #art #authors #bio

Your Story

We get it. You’re probably more interested in doing your work and creating your art than in promoting it or yourself. 

But sharing the story behind the art—and the artist—adds dimensions of interest. Rather, your bio is your story, and your story adds color and dimension to you as a creator.

Your creative bio is your unfinished autobiography and your biography is an important part of your personal and professional brand development. With it you can reach and inspire more people.

Through reach, your fans and patrons… your “tribe”, will find you, and they’ll want to know the story behind your work… the story of you.

If you haven’t yet read Seth Godin’s book on Tribes, you’ll likely enjoy it and find it illuminating.

Your bio is your greeting to the world.

LeAura Alderson,
Are you selling—or seeking to sell—your art or services? Have you updated your artist bio on your website and social platforms recently? If you haven't updated yours in awhile, you need to. Your artist biography is as important as the art you create and as much a creative extension of you as your art. Craft your bio to tell your story and people will find you because of who you are as much as for what you create.

Even if You’re not a Writer

Not a writer? No problem. If you’re a visual artist and not in love with writing, a bio can seem daunting. Even writers may shirk and shrink at the thought of writing their own biography.

Don’t make it a big deal. If you’re a writer, make it a story. If you’re an artist, imagine it as a painting that you describe.

“Ugh! Create a bio? Now I need to write about myself within the stiff and stilted constraints of what society expects from bios…?” However, even a “boring bio” can invoke curiosity and be turned into a story that people will want to read. And that’s what you want to do.

Don’t get Stuffy… Just be Real… be You, and Have Fun

Be real… be you, but, you do also have to write for your audience. If you’re primary audience happens to be a more professional corporate audience, they may want to know of  your credentials and accomplishments.

If not, forget the corporate “how to write a bio” steps and details. Today is a new era of creativity and authenticity. Speak in first person and let people get to know you and why you do what you do. Today’s best bios speak from heart to heart. Let your story speak, and your art elaborate.

Write your biography as though you’re speaking to a friend. Because you are. You’re bio will speak to your audience—and prospective audience—of friendlies.

Your art can elaborate the story in your bio… and your bio deepens the story in your art.

The best biographies for this era of creatives are autobiographies. Your story, in your words.

~LeAura Alderson,
Write your biography as though you're speaking to a friend. Because you are. You're bio will speak to your audience—and prospective audience—of friendlies. #art #authors #story

From Bio to Autobiography – Tell Your Story

No one else in the world has your story. No one else in the world does your art. Create an autobiography that is a story of you; a story that expresses who you are and why you do what you do.

Tell the story of struggles and triumphs that were all a part of what makes you, you. Tell your story from your heart to theirs. You are the only one who can.

Don’t hold back. Many people buy art because of the story behind the art.

Have fun and play with your bio the way you play with your art. But… if you just aren’t a writer and the thought of this makes you cringe, than have someone write your bio for you from the stories you tell them.

Talk your bio into a recorder and share that file so they can craft your story from your own words and in your voice. Your audience will want to hear from you in your voice, even if someone else writes the words for you.

It is the creator’s privilege to turn any effort into art.

~LeAura Alderson,
Have fun and play with your bio the way you play with your art. But... if you just aren't a writer and the thought of this makes you cringe, than have someone write your bio for you from the stories you tell them. #art #author #bios #writing

Examples of Exceptional Artist Bios

Amy Brown – Amy Brown Art

The first artist bio is an example of an exceptionally well written bio by an artist who has built an emporium of her art over the years. What’s remarkable about her bio is how it’s factual and informative yet written in story style. It’s a bio that you want to read all the way to the end.

We first learned of Amy because we have a tin box of her cards, so beautifully done, from the tin box to the cards to the envelopes. While those are no longer available, you can see her large collection on Amazon and on Etsy.

The artist’s name is Amy Brown, Fantasy artists. Amy’s content is captivating and her success, inspiring. But Amy started back in 1992. That’s 26 years of creating.

Here’s the first paragraph of Amy’s bio:
“I started painting Faeries in 1992. I’d always been interested in them, but had never considered them to be a career option, until one day when I was not quite twenty-one and working in a small art gallery.”

You immediately want to know more, such as what happened in that small art gallery…? Did Amy see faeries? How and why is it that she started painting them there?

Amy’s website needs an update and we’d love to see HER face behind the art, however her bio story is still awesome and worth a visit.

Erik Wahl – The Art of Vision

This next artist serves mostly corporate audiences. So his artist bio—at first appearance—is less personal. However Mark’s collection of writing, quotes and videos take you through a delightful and intriguing visual story that leaves you wanting more.

If you’re an artist seeking to grow your work in the world more quickly, then definitely consider doing more visual branding, such as Erik Wahl’s video clips. Erik’s work of presenting to vast audiences from stage provides lots of opportunities for capturing fascinating footage that, he’s had artfully produced into captivating video clips that tell his story.

If you have a desire to be compensated for your art, your personal brand is your artistic output.

~Erik Wahl, visionary artist, speaker, teacher, author

If you can’t create your own videos yet, or have them created for you, don’t worry. Just place his link and your ideas on your vision board if you have one, or your goals list for the future. Then as you create your art daily, make notes as ideas come to you of what will go into your creative videos about you and your work.

Keep creating daily, with consciousness and vision, and you will arrive.

Don’t conform to the norm. Defy it.
~Erik Wahl, visionary artist, speaker, teacher, author

Here’s an intro to Erik’s story: 
“At an early age, I was told by my well-meaning teacher that ‘art was not my strength.’ Being a disciplined student, I listened. I put down my crayons and paintbrushes and did not pick them up again for another twenty years.”

Until… until he was left with only one option.

Wow! Now THAT’S a story you want to know more about, and one that many can relate to. Please do peruse Erik’s exceptional website, and his awesome videos. (That link starts at his “About the Artist” page).

We love the work, dynamism and creativity of Erik Wahl of The Art of Vision. Betting that you will too. We had the opportunity to interview his artistically creative and inspiring wife and business partner, Tasha Wahl in this podcast.

I am an entrepreneur. Every morning I wake up unemployed, with a blank canvas and endless possibilities.
~Erik Wahl, visionary artist, speaker, teacher, author

Mandy Thompson – Mandy Thompson Artist

We were delighted to interview Mandy Thompson for the iCreateDaily Podcast. Mandy is a very talented artist, both with paint and with words, and generously shared tips from her experience helpful to other artists.

Here’s an intro to Mandy’s story:
Mandy’s bio is an effective blend of autobiography:
“Mandy is a true daughter of the South, raised in rural Georgia with pencils in hand as early as her mama can remember.” 

…and autobiography:
“My paintings include colors that reflect the vitality of life, textures that communicate the physicality of nature, and strong lines with open spaces that evoke a sense of freedom.” 

Love that! Like Erik, Mandy also abandoned the paintbrush for many years to follow society’s prescription for a responsible adult worklife. We’re so glad she found her way home to her art!

You can read the rest of her story here. Be sure to stop by her blog too. You’ll probably stay for awhile. She’s as lovely with words as with colors.

And… don’t forget your social presence. Mandy’s description under her Facebook profile is invocatively descriptive and dense with the promise of story:

“Abstract Artist + late-blooming bibliophile. Let’s talk creativity, authenticity, and slow-living.”

“The business of the art gives as much as is given to it.”

~Mandy Thompson, Abstract artist, writer, blogger

Your Bio – Not One and Done

Bios should be like us, ever evolving. Don’t write your bio once and leave it there for years. We’re definitely guilty of that until recently. We had the perspective of the bio as a necessary piece of information that no one cares about.

And yet, consider, when you go to a for the first time, chances are one of the first places you go to is the “About” page. I know we do, and market analytics bear truth to that. A 2015 study reports that 52% of website traffic visit the ‘About’ page, and it’s second in importance only to the ‘Contact page’

Why Your Bio, Contact and About Pages Matter

52% of website visitors check your ‘about’ page first., 1)
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As I was writing this, Devani just said to me: “Do you think about updating your bio while writing an article on bios…?” Absolutely! So we’ve done it, and… these will continue evolving.

As the saying goes… the painter’s house always needs painting, but you can be sure that we will revisit and update our bios at least once a year now.

Your story becomes a part of your art, because your art is a part of your story.

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
~Elizabeth Gilbert, author, speaker

If you’d like more guidance and ideas toward creating your story, you may enjoy this interview.

OH! And… if you’re any kind of creator, consider looking for unique outlets for displaying your work. Visual artists in particular, have opportunities in any retail outlet or restaurant with wall space. For more on selling your art, you may enjoy this article.

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