Interview with Shannon Corgan (@shannoncorgan)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

My grandparents are artists. When I went to grade school, they’d pick me up from school, and I’d get to go and work in the art studio in the basement. I wouldn’t say I picked this career path; I have never seen myself as anything but an artist.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I was in Home Depot. A young kid (maybe 17) came up to me and asked, “are you, Shannon Corgan? I love your art” and at that moment I felt so much joy. I will never forget that moment. That was the first big moment.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Do not let others influence you too much. Make the art that you want to make. Of course, you should be educated and inspired by the current artists. However, think about what makes you- YOU…and make art accordingly.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My grandmother was the first to inspire me. Her large paintings always hanging up in the house, one for every season. Later on, my art instructors in college have been more than inspirations. My first college art instructor pulled me aside and said “hey if anyone is going to do this, it’s you” and I will never forget that. Fast forward 3 years- a different instructor pulled me aside after I had made a painting she didn’t like. She said, “I grade you tougher than the others. You can handle it.” She was right. I needed someone to be tough on me. I needed someone to criticize my work to make it better. I will never forget that moment either.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I want nothing more than to inspire others to make art. If one of my paintings helps someone else have an idea, emotion, or thought that they haven’t had before- I’ve done my job.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” My mother taped this quote onto my mirror after a bad day in high school. I have thought of this quote at least once a week since. Surround yourself only with people that support you.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Facebook- shannoncorganart

Instagram- @shannoncorgan

Twitter- @shannoncorgan2

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