The Best Advice I Ever Got: Bev Jozwiak

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“Hoops” (watercolor on paper, 17×21)

I bought “On becoming a Successful Artist” by Lewis Lehrman a long time ago. It was my artist bible. About 20 artists were interviewed about how they made it as artists. Each one was interviewed separately, but their answers were very similar. One thing that always stuck out in my mind was the belief in significance of “tenacity over talent.” I really took that to heart, and decided to put in the work. I call it “miles on the brush.” There are no shortcuts to getting good.

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“Creature Comforts” (watercolor on paper, 22×16)


  1. Bev is right. For so long, I could “see” the paintings I thought I was capable of doing. But it has been only through countless hours of study and practice and painting that I have been able to improve and begin to inch closer to where I wish to be.


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