"It can be an interesting dance," says Denver artist Chandler Romeo, whose union with fellow artist Reed Weimer has produced two children and a lot of give and take. "Neither of us really has a steady job," Weimer explains. "And our income is feast and famine -- after one of us has a big show, we catch up on bills." While both say they experience little creative sparring as an art couple, Romeo notes, "There are complexities, things you have to work out," such as studio time. But each also tends to know what the other needs: "It's not taken lightly that you need time to work or install a show," she adds. "There's this artist language you speak that other people don't understand," Weimer clarifies.
Lorre Hoffman, a sculptor who teaches at CU-Denver while husband Scott Greenig paints at home, notes other advantages: "It's nice to have a critic built into the home. I don't always pay attention to him, but it's still nice." And artist couples also share skills: "Scott ran a foundry for twenty years before I met him, so he's also very useful -- he does lovely patinas. And I build stretchers for him. There's a bit of synergy created between us."
What's the bottom line? "All you've gotta do is get married, and you get to be invited to be in a couples show every few years," Romeo quips. Or, on a more serious note, Hoffman says: "It's been a good thing. We push each other. I think I will probably continue to make art for the rest of my life -- because I'm with Scott."
Greenig agrees: "It's a tough way to make a living. But you wouldn't have it any other way."