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Janice Tanton - Full Time Human Being, Independent Artist

I am Jan­ice Iniski­maki Tan­ton, Inde­pen­dent Artist.

It’s great to be independent…I call it being a Full Time Human Being.

It means I have auton­omy and full artis­tic license and con­trol over my work and I can exer­cise my free­dom of speech, share my thoughts, my work and dia­logue with you on this forum, (and have YOU share here too.) I hope it devel­ops a com­mu­nity of Full Time Human Beings.

Being Inde­pen­dent means I guide my career, make my own deci­sions, invest in my own projects and take respon­si­bil­ity and account­abil­ity for every­thing that I do. I’ve been at it for over 25 years because I believe that I’m mak­ing a sound invest­ment, not for myself – but for human­ity. I stand behind what I’m doing. I believe in it, sim­ply because it feels right in my heart and should. Audi­ences, gal­leries, col­lec­tors, fel­low artists and sup­port­ers show me their appre­ci­a­tion and love in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

I’ve put a lot of work and thought into my career and my life and I feel strongly that this is how I best par­tic­i­pate in the world around me…this is how I con­nect. This is how I con­tribute. This is how I affect and share. It takes a great deal of time each day, and every day.

If you are in a posi­tion to be a patron of the arts & human­ity, to donate some­thing to an Artist such as myself, then plea know your con­tri­bu­tion is greatly appre­ci­ated and also well-used. I am not using dona­tions to go on beach vaca­tions or any other per­sonal rea­sons. (I sun­burn eas­ily and I just don’t have the time. There’s too much art to make for one life­time!) Your dona­tions are put towards the time in writ­ing and main­tain­ing this blog (which I do all myself), dis­sem­i­nat­ing the works and devel­op­ing new projects.

At any one time, I have mul­ti­ple projects in the works and at dif­fer­ent stages of devel­op­ment. I’m paint­ing, and/or writ­ing and/or research­ing and/or devel­op­ing and prepar­ing for an exhibition…I am god-smaked every time any­one makes a dona­tion. I am hum­bled, hon­oured, grate­ful and touched.

I will keep work­ing, with or with­out dona­tions, so…please, in no way feel pres­sured to make one. It sim­ply occurred to me when some­one asked me once how they could help me…that there may be oth­ers, and so here is an avenue to do so. In any case, no mat­ter what – be true to your­self, express love in all that you do and we’ll all turn out okay.

BE…a Full Time Human Being.