Painter and Visual Artist

Painting as a visual artist is about much more than filling a canvas with color. As a visual artist, putting ones own feelings or emotions into a painting is a large part of what makes art so engaging for its audience. Also, while traditional visual artists may use mediums such as canvas to paint scenes or portraits, other artists prefer to use entire buildings or other usual mediums to share their stories. Painters should have a great deal of creativity, good hand-eye coordination, and a large amount of patience to create the perfect pieces!

Duties and tasks

  • Capture and hold the attention of an audience through visual works
  • Create unique, interesting, and appealing visual works
  • May be commissioned to create specific pieces of art
  • Work in fine detail for an extended period of time (some projects)

Skills required

  • A desire to express oneself through art
  • Attention to detail
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Natural Creativity
  • Some training in the arts is usually necessary. Bachelors and Masters degrees are available in fine arts, though community art classes are also helpful and readily available.

Working conditions

Working conditions depend upon the specific job a painter is doing. Oftentimes, a Painter of the visual arts variety may work in the comfort of his/her own home and at their own discretion/pace. When commissioned to do a specific work, the artist may have stricter deadlines. Other times, painters are employed at museums or galleries to protect and preserve the masterpieces of other painters. With the latter type of position, standard work hours are put in place, though weekends are often necessary.

Professional associations / Industry information

Art Consulting Association of Australia

Australian Artists Association

Portrait Artists Australia

The National Association for the Visual Arts(NAVA)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Art Teacher
  • Cartoonist
  • Decorator
  • Engraver
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Screen Printer
  • Sculptor
  • Spray Painter

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