Baran-Unland: What advice would you offer beginner artists?
Coundiff: Don't quit. There's a fan base for everyone so keep practicing and stay focused. Don't be afraid of criticism. If you want to grow as an artist you must learn how to take critiques and apply them in a positive way.
Ellinger: I would tell a beginning artist to believe in him or herself. That art is your eyes in this world. Painting or drawing comes from your vision of how you see something and it is never wrong. It can evoke a beautiful feeling or capture an expression.
Gleason: Don’t be afraid to go dark, in colors and in yourself.
Midlock: My advice to the budding artist is to keep at it. As much as possible. I loved to draw as a child. When other kids were outside for recess, I'd be out there, sitting in the grass with my sketch pad, pencil and a Charles Schultz comic book drawing Charlie Brown and Snoopy. To this day, I can draw Snoopy without having to look at a picture. You only get better, the more you practice your art.
(The above artwork is by Terri Ellinger).