Artists are compassionate, have an unmistakable zeal for life, and can find beauty in almost everything – quite the catch to date, huh?

But, how does an artist convince someone outside the art industry that beneath their paint-stained clothes, crazy work stories about clients with bad taste and the nasty stereotype that artists are moody and brooding, that there’s a great partner there?

Below are many reasons why you should date an artist!

They’re passionate!
Everyone knows that passionless relationships are (yawn) boring. And because of this lack of delightful excitement, most times they’re doomed to crash and burn.

Maybe it’s the fact that artists are always looking to be inspired or share the beauty of everyday life — but as long as you’re with a creative type, you’ll never again have to worry about a relationship that lacks passion, brightness or love. Artists are brimming with these awesome traits.

They’re smart
Along with sense of humour and good looks, intelligence ranks at the top when it comes to desirable qualities in a mate. Artists have to take countless art and technique classes and MUST think on their feet all day solving everything from client issues to fixing an art piece gone terribly wrong. If you’re dating an artist, you can be pretty sure you aren’t dating a dummy.

You’ll inspire them and see your own reflection in their work
Haven’t you always wanted a floor-to-ceiling portrait of you and your cat atop a plush velvet pillow?

Of course we kid — except maybe some of you have received such a treasure. Lucky you. The point is, artists are always looking for their next muse. Hopefully, your relationship sends your other half filling blank canvases with reflections of you or better yet, how you make them feel.
Their creativity usually extends beyond the canvas.

4. They make their own hours
If your lifestyle caters to it, the odd hours can be an advantage. Are you stuck working the graveyard shift every Friday? If you’re dating an artist with the same irregular schedule, Mondays can become the new Friday. Say goodbye to long lines at the movie theater and the 45-minute wait at your favourite restaurant.
At the same time, an artist’s schedule can leave you with plenty of alone time while they’re toiling away in the studio. Not everyone wants to cuddle with his or her sweetie 24/7. For people who like a little alone time to read a novel, hang out with friends or work on your own art projects, dating an artist can be a good way to have your cake and eat it, too.

They have great stories
Whether they work at a gallery, as a freelance illustrator or at a web design firm, artists can come across some pretty silly situations. Artists deal with strong (and wrong) client opinions, people with fantastically bad taste or bad critiques from know-nothings on a regular basis.

While some of those situations may be tough on the artist you’re dating, they can lead to some pretty entertaining stories for you. Be a listening ear and help them laugh off the tougher stuff.

You might get to see the world
Dating a travelling artist?
Their nomadic lifestyle could give you the opportunity to travel, see and live in new cities. Life on the road isn’t always easy, but for the right person, this could be a dream come true. Some people would give anything to get out and see the world with someone they love!

Last but not least: Who WOULDN’T want to date an artist?
They’re amazing! Becoming an artistic professional is no easy task and these individuals have persevered through thick and thin — and probably still are! You can feel good knowing that the artist you’re dating is creating a lot of happiness in this world just by doing what they do – even when they aren’t with you!