I was juried into the artist guild of "American Artists Professional League" This week! I'm very honoured to have made it in. I was not sure they would, because it is based in traditional realism work. I mostly work in wildlife, and while I think it is realism, not all people think that way. This group is a branch of the Salmagundi Club in New York. (http://www.americanartistsprofessionalleague.org/ ) They have been instrumental in raising artist paint composition standards and have championed the American artist for american projects so well, they have made it a fact of life. The caliber of work of the members is a little imtimidating, but puts you on your best game. Nothing like seeing the best to inspire a person to better themsleves.
So, as the saying goes..."Nothing ventured, nothing gained" I would never have known what level my work is getting to unless I had tried. So my advice to others would be, give it a try, and you may be surprised by what happens. If not, well, you tried, and that is more than many people do.
Till next time.