Prints and the Pauper

They say that those who can’t do, teach. Local artist Sarah Kriehn couldn’t disagree more. She taught elementary art for over 20 years, then retired and started a solo printmaking career. According to Kriehn, it’s not that teachers aren’t talented. The problem is that they just don’t have enough time to spend on their own creations.

“It’s 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 Kriehn’s down to only one full-time gig, you’d think she’d 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 she’s 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.”

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