They say that those who cant do, teach. Local artist Sarah Kriehn couldnt disagree more. She taught elementary art for over 20 years, then retired and started a solo printmaking career. According to Kriehn, its not that teachers arent talented. The problem is that they just dont have enough time to spend on their own creations.
Its difficult to work as a teacher and an artist at the same time, she says. Each one is a full-time job. So now that Kriehns down to only one full-time gig, youd think shed stop and smell the roses, lollygag around in a Winnebago, take a cruise. In a word, nope. Between teaching workshops and making prints seven days a week, Kriehn says shes actually working more now than she did before. I had no idea that being a professional artist would be so much work, she says. In the end, there is little monetary compensation, but the opportunity for expression makes it worthwhile.