What to include in an Art Porfolio

Mysterious Muse

A Guide for the Beginning Artist

By Cassandra Van Hout

“I’ve been keeping a diary for thirty-three years and write in it every morning. Most of it’s just whining, but every so often there’ll be something I can use later: a joke, a description, a quote…” – David Sedaris

The first part of a well organized portfolio is, as many artists know, a good artist statement. In school I always struggled to define my artwork, since it depended so much upon my mood and there was no real relationship between pieces. Eventually I discovered what I enjoyed drawing the most – flowers, red poppies in particular – which I created into a series.

The reason poppies appealed to me was that they were present wherever I lived and came to represent home to me. Looking at them made me happy. Having them around me in artwork made me even happier…

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