The Future is Female

Fierce Female Artists of the District

As a female business owner, mom of two girls, and creative designer, I am a big fan of independent artists, especially ones of the female variety. Clients are always asking my advice on who to follow and what art to buy and I always recommend buying local. With the women empowerment vibe that is happening right now in our city, I thought I would take a moment to recognize a few of my favorite female artists of the District. These ladies not only create beautiful art but they are gold stars, inspirations, and a female force to be reckoned with. I admire how they took their passion and talent and created a superfierce career out of it. They say love what you do, and these women are prime examples of just that.

I present to you the fierce female artists of the District of Columbia...

MAGGIE O'NEILL

1. What's your advice for young women getting started in the professional art scene?

​NETWORK

Have business cards, website and go to events that are not just for artists. Find people outside of your immediate community.

SELL

Look for opportunities that allow you to sell - not just "get exposure".

Artists are a need not a want. Our ideas and our contribution to making a building neighborhood or a space unique, soulful or curated is valued. Make sure to ask for payment or put your proposed value in writing.

COLLABORATE WITH GROUND RULES AND HUMILITY

Understand your moment. Are you just getting started? How many years have you been working? Do not oversell your experience level you will find yourself in hot water fast and may ruin a relationship. Instead find someone to collaborate with who does have experience or a skill you don't have. You and your work will be better for it. Be clear about your goals, needs and desired outcome. Write all of this down and share with your collaborators and client. Be humble about the outcome, be grateful for the work and expect to learn learn learn. NO ONE has it figured out completely.

WERK

Build a portfolio of YOUR OWN work. Do not, I repeat, do not take credit for someone else's work. Be honest and confident BUT remember it takes a few years for any business to get off the ground. Don't get discouraged by an irregular work flow. When you don't have a client... work on your own stuff and experiment.

COMMUNICATE CLEARLY AND CONFIDENTLY

Use your words- do not assume that the customer, collector or business that has hired you can read your mind. No one is going to babysit your emotions, your process or your deadline. You must be communicative and brief. Do not tell long stories about why something did or didn't happen. It will be appreciated and reflect professionalism.

2. If your one of your paintings could hang anywhere, where would it be and which painting?

The Guggenheim - I haven't painted it yet :)

3. What's your favorite color?

​Orange​

DOMINIQUE FIERRO

1. Who is your favorite female artist?

Oy! This is a tough one... I would have to go with two and that's tough; Ellen von Unwerth, Yayoi Kusama.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in North Potomac, MD. My parents still live in the same house that I grew up in. My family is originally from the tiny colorful island of Haiti.

3. What color are the walls of your bedroom?

Light grey...But I REALLY want to paint them white.

ROSE JAFFE

1. How did you get started painting professionally?

After art school my solitary goal was sorting out how I could support myself entirely on my art. Through some years of teaching and variety of other jobs, I kept a consistent studio practice and participated in group/pop up/coffee shop/gallery shows in the DC area. At a certain point I decided to take the leap of faith from regular income to freelance, and it was terrifying, but immediately paid off. I had more time to work on my art, which meant I could make more/sell more/play more and be more flexible in how I live my life. Its been a love affair ever since.

2. Do you have a pet?

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