So many of my emails are about the business side of my art practice—what shows are coming up, who purchased a painting for their collection, what gallery invited me to join them. But not many are truly about art. Today feels like the right time to share a little about being an artist.
A Rich Pursuit
It’s been some seven years since I decided to seriously pursue art again. This was after a long hiatus from my artistic identity, formed as a child and developed later at Syracuse University. I made a decision to try to reclaim the title of artist. It didn’t come quickly, but little by little, confidence slowly grew, and it is still difficult to believe, but I think I might be one now.
What does being an artist really mean? The answer is richer than one could imagine. For me, It means I finally have a voice.
A Mark: A Voice
There is nothing more powerful than making your unique mark on a canvas, paper, or board. In today’s art world, any artistic assertion is a valid one. It’s been a long time since artists have had requirements for representation or rules for illusionary accomplishments. Art can be virtually any manifestation you desire.
BUT, you must assert yourself and develop your metaphorical thesis, then build on it and defend it. It matters not what you say, but that you say it with strength and clarity. Then you keep saying it until others can also understand and see clearly what you only had inklings of years ago, what you only had glimpses of before it manifested into your own visual language.
The Joy of One’s Desiring
The type of joy that comes when you finally tease out this statement is something most people have never experienced. Because being a creator is unlike anything else in the world. As an artist I am developing the voice to say anything I want to say. The only requirement is that my statements originate fully from within my own being.
This is what I have been doing these past years—in the studio, out on the road, traveling through countryside—pondering life, the universe, humans, and nature. Then I throw it all together and say what I want to say.
Thank you for listening. Nothing could be more gratifying.