i spent much of yesterday filling out a grant application . compared to many other provinces, newfoundland artists get good support from their provincial government. since i started as a professional artist in newfoundland over 20 years ago i've received a lot of support - from the arts council, the crafts council and directly from the government. i've received money for materials, for travel (to exhibitions, craft fairs and research). i've received money to help me set up my studio so that i can work more efficiently and open it up to customers and visitors.
like most artists who work at their craft full time, i live at the "poverty level" as far as income goes. but i do what i love and because of that, i've learned to live simply. without government grants it would be a whole lot harder.