Ever wondered what it takes to be a successful artist and make a living from your passion? Explore a life time of prolific works and discover the fascinating life of the extraordinary Canadian artist Paul Ygartua and his wife Joanne, who together have been building a successful art business for over 50 years now.
I never imagined that I would start writing a blog about my father even though I have always imagined showing the world his work. Writing doesn’t come as naturally to me as creating art. I suppose it isn’t that surprising after all, since I spent my entire childhood around a painter who would paint at least 8 or 9 hours every single day. That is my father, Paul Ygartua. My mother Joanne Ygartua, would spend all her waking hours figuring out how to promote my father’s work. So why am I doing this? Simply because I realised while looking at a few of my father’s published books on his work a few years ago, that these books talk about his genius and demonstrate to a certain extent how varied his work is but none of them talk about the actual man behind the work. The Story. And at the end of the day, it’s a person’s story we are curious about, not what other people think of him. As it turns out, this is not only his story though, it is also my mother’s story. I know that she is happy being the wife behind the scenes, but I feel the need to share her part in it as well. So it is not only the story of an artist but also a love story, my favourite kind.
So head over to the blog to start the adventure… it’s one that will take you around the world and back and into the world of an artist couple striving to live the best possible life devoted to art.
And head over to the podcast to listen to Paul and Joanne tell their story from the beginning.