French-American artist Gwenn Seemel lives and works in the US. Since 2003, she has made her living mostly by painting portraits and other things too, but also by selling art books, and earning grant money for projects. For a full breakdown of her income, go here.

Find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Patreon! And check out her feature on the Redbubble blog here!

In 2014, she created her first piece of public art in Portland, Oregon, a mural of the street performer Kirk Reeves. The process was documented by Oregon Public Broadcasting in this short film. Her art has also been featured on Scientific American, BoingBoing, Hyperallergic, and the Redbubble blog, among other places on the Web.

Known for her radical free culture advocacy, she spoke at TEDxGeneva in 2014 about how copyright damages creativity and interrupts artists’ ability to make a living with their art.

  • Joined: December 2013


Advice for artists

He told me I smile too much. “No one will take you seriously if you have that look on your face.” He was a professor at my university, though not someone I’d ever taken a class from. In fact, he was giving me this bit of advice after I’d already graduated. I don’t remember why I was talking to him, but I do remember thinking: “what do you know?” / Some un…
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It's because of you.

That’s how I make a living with my art. / [Video] / My Patreon profile is here, and the gallery that represents me is here. / All the books I’ve written are available here. This free e-book explains how to market your art, and this one gets into the why and the how of uncopyrighting. / This article is a quick how-to for making a living as an artist, and this video talks about my incom…
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Daily rituals

Four things I do to make me a better artist. / [Video] / My endometriosis has altered my life in so many ways, both good and bad. The change that I’m most grateful for—and the one that comes up again and again in this video—is the way the disease has caused me to be more present in my body. It took me getting sick for me to appreciate my health and really take care of it. / This…
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Creative time

It is very different from clock time. / [Video] / This vlog talks about what happens with I paint on clock time, and, for more about creative time and all kinds of time, I recommend Jay Griffiths’ excellent book A Sideways Look at Time. / Gwenn Seemel / Kevin / 2016 / acrylic on canvas / 16 × 14 inches / (detail below) / RELATED ARTICLES: / Building the ideal studio / Givens / Sharing …
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