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Success Story: Judy Singer, Artist & Art Business Owner

This week’s entrepreneur success story is on Judy, a professional artist that runs her own business at! This is her story:

Tell us about your art business and what you do as a professional artist 

As a professional artist, I have multiple roles including:

  • Exhibiting my art in galleries
  • Teaching as a freelance lecturer and as a private painting and drawing instructor
  • Leading many creativity workshops

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A closeup photo of paint brushes in an art studio

What made you decide to become an art entrepreneur?

In my last year of university, I literally had one of those “light bulb” moments when I knew that I wanted to be a professional artist. After being discovered by the late Jack Pollock, one of Toronto’s foremost gallery owners at the time, I had my first exhibit while still finishing my degree and it felt like it was “meant to be”.

Judy Singer, a creative entrepreneur, painting in her studio

What does a typical day look like as a professional artist?

Working in the studio on a new series of paintings involves many hours of looking at the paintings that I have produced over the previous weeks and months, thinking about them and ruminating about how I might want to proceed with different ideas that inspire me. On a day that I’m actually physically painting, I stretch a canvas, put on some classical music and just start to work. It’s very spontaneous and I never know what will come out on the canvas.

Judy Singer, artist in Canada, infront of one of her paintings

What has been your biggest success or proudest moment in running your art business?

Representing Canada at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh was a big moment for me as was being inducted into The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. I am also proud that I am still painting and being very productive after 44 years of painting. I’m still deeply and creatively engaged in my practice.

What has been your biggest challenge as a creative entrepreneur?

The biggest challenge in running my business is finding appropriate venues to exhibit my art.

Judy Singer, art entrepreneur, hanging one of her paintings on a wall

Are there any tips you would like to share with other small art business owners and creative entrepreneurs?

I would tell future business owners this: if you have an idea that you are passionate about, find a way to make it happen. There are many challenges in owning a business so persevere with your vision.

Where can people find your business and art?

Nick Rukaj Gallery:

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