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Profile: Inger Jirby

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How many years in present occupation/business endeavor?

"Fifty-five years as a professional artist and 21 years as a gallery owner."

What lessons have you learned in your career that have influenced the advice you would lend to girls/women who want a career in your industry?

"Find your own voice and your own expression, that will separate you from everyone else.

Never ever give up! Live by inspiration only! Try to come up with new ideas when old ones no longer work."

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace/women who want to start their own business?

"The biggest issues that women face in the workplace are being taken seriously, being treated with respect and receiving equal and fair compensation for their abilities."

Who do you admire and why?

"Agnes Martin is first on my list. I saw Agnes two or three times a week on a regular basis. She became my teacher and guide. She gave me invaluable business advice and life guidance. She was an excellent teacher. Agnes would say to me, "I approve of your painting!" That was huge since her criticism and discernment was very selective.

"In the past, I admired Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Suzanne Valadon and Gabriele Münter.

Of my contemporaries I admire Phyllis Kapp, Ethelinda, Jessie Benton Evans Grey, Alyce Frank and Evelyn Boran; all women who are excellent, very successful artists and good business women. They have stricken paths of their own without operating in the shadow of men. They had their own vision."

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