Art Without Walls: The international reach (and support) of social media

Take a moment to scroll through the list below, I'll wait.....

Thanks! This is a list of all the countries from which people have visited my website in the past year. It is so exciting to me that most of the world can easily pull up an image of my work via the internet, which I miss referring to as the World Wide Web. It is indeed a web that in most cases, crosses borders effortlessly. I am very active on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon for this reason. Not only do I turn to social media to cultivate a larger audience for my work but also to find inspiration from artists across the globe. Living in a small, liberal, college town sequestered in a conservative state, bingeing on art from so many areas and cultures saves me. I can easily feel isolated in my efforts and this brings a feeling of swimming upstream. I am a mother and a wife. I work full-time to support our family while working nights and weekends to create momentum in my painting career. It is daunting. I can't not do it- my soul depends upon art making. In the last couple of years I began to seek out others, first in my small community and then online. My load is not only lightened by seeing others do what I'm doing but by seeing them succeed. The work they create is beautiful, skillful, inspiring and intimidating (if I allow it to be). In general it feels like a call to action "Let's Do This!" instead of competition; I need that. We all need some level of understanding. Other artists intrinsically understand the struggle, the living in constant vulnerability of digging deep to make art. Of course, most people have issues they struggle with or work that takes an emotional toll but I need my tribe who gets me with specificity. That rhymes a bit, no? If you are reading this and get what I’m saying- reach out, we can do this.

United States

Canada

France

Spain

United Kingdom

Ireland

Italy

Australia

Germany

Mexico

Peru

Poland

Netherlands

Japan

New Zealand

Argentina

Russia

Finland

Kenya

Switzerland

China

Philippines 

 Belgium

South Africa 

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