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Meet Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman.

Deirdre, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I worked in event design and event planning for many years. I had a lot of fun and found a ton of fulfillment in creating make-believe worlds for guests to experience. Since childhood, though, fine art had always been my first love. Eventually, I knew it was time to dedicate myself to becoming the artist I envisioned I could be.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing has come without lots of hard work. I’ve definitely struggled with the public-facing side of being a working artist and have had to learn how to amend my innate shyness. Speaking with press, gallerists, and other artists about what I do can feel uncomfortable for me, but I’ve learned that sharing the passion is almost always met with heartfelt appreciation.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman – what should we know?
I paint in a modified oil and egg tempera technique that originated with the 14th century Old Masters. People rarely recognize these techniques because they haven’t been commonplace for many hundreds of years. Very often I receive curious questions from people who aren’t familiar whatsoever with the Mischtechnik that I practice. I enjoy the uniqueness of this aspect of what I do.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had so many mentors, supporters, cheerleaders and advocates, the credit list would be a mile long. My family has been my biggest support. But if I were to do my art career all over, hindsight is always 20/20, and there are likely lots of little things I’d do differently. However, I am thankful that I’ve taken a hold of almost every opportunity that has come my way. I never fear to ask for help and/or listening to others advice… gathering knowledge plays the biggest role to where I am now, which is a place I’m very content with.

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