Do you ever wish you could go back in time and give your younger self some needed advice? What would you say? Most artists find themselves paving their own way and learning as they go. There is no blueprint for artistic success, only fierce dedication and a passion bordering on obsession.
There is so much you don't see of an artist's process when you look at the final product hanging in your living room, but every artist has a story. Every artist has faced adversity, self-doubt, and life-changing experiences along the way. We invited internationally-renowned S6 artist, Ruben Ireland to handwrite a letter to his younger self, knowing what he knows now. The letter is filled with the stuff of life, from "unbridled joy" to countless sacrifices, it's a piece that every new artist should read. Thanks to Ruben for sharing his story with us.
"Things will get tough. You'll sacrifice people and things you wouldn't imagine now, and you'll regret a lot of it. And you will be lonely sometimes, and sometimes for a while you'll have to work harder than you thought - and for longer. But it'll be worth all of it.
The person it will help you become, the life it will let you lead, the people it will help you meet. The places you'll visit, and the way it will make you think and see will give you moments of unrivalled joy and bliss.
It's a job for sure (but one with more security than people will have you believe) but it's a job that will touch people's lives, even in tiny ways that you might never know. You can make people's walls look more beautiful - and make people smile - and perhaps more importantly, you valued your dreams and your time enough to try, which is everything, right?"
- Ruben Ireland, April 2016
Shop Ruben's work here.