Director’s Views

Nadia Fairlamb with sander

An Economic Powerhouse Hiding In Plain Sight: The Creative Sector

Innovation and creativity will ensure our survival through our current crises, and are fundamental to human success—yet many hold onto the false belief that artists are incapable of leading us.

Rocket To Space Laurent Newman

Boosting Artists, Our Non-Obsolete Workforce

Whether you work as a city planner or a nurse or a school administrator, environments that feed your spirit help you work smarter, better, and more efficiently.

The Calmady Children by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Safety Nets are Dangerous

“If you would be reasonably satisfied doing something else for a living, then do that and paint on the weekends.” —Clark Hulings Primary-Care Perspective When my father was in his […]

One of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas

Art Lights the Way

Art is pure. It is incandescent—the light with which we find our way through this dirty, often disheartening world. Our job on this planet is to uphold and expand the […]

Jack and the Beanstalk, by Maxfield Parrish

How to Identify Your Life’s Work

Business is hard. No matter what the business is, it’s the business of our life, and it requires focus, determination, and simultaneous attention to tiny detail and big vision. The […]

Crucifixion of St Peter by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Avoiding Reality, One Formula at a Time

I’ve been thinking about Caravaggio. Actually, he’s been the catalyst for an ongoing discussion with my husband that arose because of a new play he’s been directing that has that […]

Tortoise by Deanna Millard

How Not to Drive Off a Cliff

Our world moves so quickly these days, and we’re all pedaling faster and faster just to keep up. That’s certainly true at CHF, where the pace of change continues to […]

Hurdle by Plamen Dimitrov

Building Confidence, Building Businesses – Q&A with Elizabeth Hulings

CHF’s 2017 Business Accelerator has kicked into high gear, and as we get to know our new class of Fellows better, we are learning more about their experiences in the […]

A Charge to Keep I Have by Karen Fitzgerald

What IS Visual Art?

This question has been on my mind a lot these days, and it is getting tougher and tougher to answer. Most would agree that painting, sculpture, and drawing are forms […]

Drawing Hands by M.C. Escher

Vision and Elbow Grease are the Real Trump Cards

Infrastructure matters—we all know this—but the thing is, it’s not sexy or glamorous. Sure, it’s essential, but it’s not fun. It’s boring and requires money. Repainting the bathroom or tightening […]

Mule in the Rain by Clark Hulings

The Successful Artist Works Like a Donkey

As fans of Clark Hulings’ artwork know, donkeys are a recurring subject in my father’s paintings. He loved everything about them. He named the publication arm of his art business […]

The Red Paintings album art

When Mindsets Shift, Big Things Happen

I am cautiously optimistic! I know that might be surprising to some of you who know me, but I’ve been reviewing submissions for our 2017 Business Accelerator Program, and I […]

La Bajada, by Clark Hulings

Don’t Give It Away

I’ve been a business strategist for more than 25 years, and in that role, I’ve helped many different individuals, companies, and organizations rethink their goals and approaches. Some take easily […]

Watercolor Roses- Clark Hulings -featured image

What’s in a Name?

When Shakespeare’s Juliet asks “What’s in a name?”, she’s talking about the battle between two warring families, but the question could easily be directed at the visual art community. What […]

Two guys fighting over money

Yes, You Can!

Visual artists face challenge after challenge on the path to economic success. Funding sources are drying up even as upfront expenses (e.g., studio spaces, materials, etc.) are increasing. Art schools […]

Waiting, by Edgar Degas

Eye of the Beholder

“…Beauty does not reserve itself for special elite moments or instances … The grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary.” —John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace I’ve […]

Leonardo Da Vinci cross bow sketch

Technology Serves Artists

Technology has changed our lives dramatically—we communicate, learn, shop, and unwind in all kinds of newfangled ways—so it’s no surprise that it’s also had a huge impact on the world […]

Valencia Peddler, Clark Hulings

Art is Not a Charity

I grew up in a middle-class household, and my father happened to be a successful visual artist who worked out of his home studio, sometimes at 3:00 am. If you […]

Americana Feast by Robert C. Jackson

Don’t Go It Alone

The work life of a visual artist can be a solitary one. It’s an individual profession where most of the work is done alone in a studio. Even when there […]

The Mill, Egon Schiele

Knocking Down Walls

Is the art-world pendulum once again swinging back toward realism? When asked about this for a recent Artspace article, Bill Arning, the director of Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, made the case […]

Album Cover, Clark Hulings

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Disruption. It’s a word we’ve been hearing a lot these days to describe companies that are changing the way business is done in the collaborative or “sharing” economy. The dictionary […]

Time Out for a Coke

Time Out for a Coke

Well, it’s July. We have entered the second half of the year, and it’s time to review, adjust course and then spring back into action for the next six months. […]

MoMA's Wall 1

MoMA’s Wall

Beauty can be found even in a garbage cart and an old crone picking at her ultimate tooth   –  A Gallery of Paintings by Clark Hulings Casa Suecia, Clark Hulings 1968 […]

June 2015 Clark Hulings Fund newsletter

It Takes A Village…

It’s midsummer, one of my favorite times of the year. Everything is lush and green, the days are long and warm, and the markets are full of fresh produce (those […]