2016 marks my first 50 years as a pro. A full-time professional artist that is, or FTPA. I don’t really expect to get another fifty years in the job but I am certainly not finished yet. Being an artist is definitely a full-time profession. It takes all day, every day, 7-52, times 50. There is no compulsory retirement, no redundancy pay-off, and no pension provision unless you do it yourself. Yes this profession is mostly a do-it-yourself career. I suppose that when I first went to Art School I might have naively dreamed of being a full-time professional artist. But within a short time I would have understood that realizing the dream was very unlikely. Firstly, most people’s career path invol

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