We have all shared a memory that stands out to us as a pivotal memory that continuously reminds us of our passion for art.
My parents were teachers. So I was that kid who arrived early and left late. I was on their schedule. But I was also that kid who got to know other teachers after school because I joined different programs. Art club was always my favorite. I remember making paintings for school events, murals for the walls, even centerpiece sculptures for the art department fundraiser. Art has always been a part of my life.
As a child I knew I had some sort of interest in decor because I had a dollhouse that I was far too old to “play” with but that I enjoyed using its rooms to then experiment with. I would change the furniture placement. I’d use old wallpaper sample books to cover the room walls with, would hand paint this ridiculously tiny furniture. I still have that dollhouse too!
As a child, I loved color and arranging different things like yarn, buttons, record covers, construction paper and flowers. All of it was pivotal in developing my artistic style. My mother was an avid crafter who encouraged my creativity. I would arrange her balls of yarn into sculptures of my own while learning and loving shapes and composition. I also remember playing buttons with my grandmother. She had a large tin that was filled with small and large colorful buttons. So simple but meaningful, we would rearrange the buttons together on the kitchen table and make child like paintings using buttons as our medium. I still have that tin of buttons today!
I’ve been interested in art pretty much as long as I can remember. I’ve been painting even as a little girl. I was joking with my mom the other day that one of my first memories doing art was painting abstract by splattering paint all over the kitchen. I have always had art in my life.
I find painting to be very therapeutic and the peace that I find in my studio is like no other. I can block out all outside distractions and truly be alone with my thoughts. Painting lets me escape into a world far away from everyday distractions where I am truly alone with my thoughts and focused on creating. At times, the canvas reflects my gaze back inward and an idea of the composition surfaces from deep within my consciousness. As I continue to paint the image unfolds toward my initial vision but sometimes the painting starts out on one path and ends on a completely different concept. You see, painting is a lot like life…nothing is set in stone. Sometimes we may feel like we are set on a certain path, but we have to take a deep breath and remember that we are the artists of our own lives. The beauty of life is that even if you aren’t happy with “your work” right now at this present moment, you can keep adding layers and layers to yourself. Eventually, we will all get our masterpiece just right.
I’ve always loved art and I have always loved learning. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was going to a physiology class, for my biology major. At my university you couldn’t take classes outside your major. And, it was a beautiful sunny fall afternoon and I was walking to class and thought, “Why am I doing this? My heart is not in it.” Instead of going on to class I went and changed my major. I love Ceramics because it gives me a never ending opportunity to learn and grow through my art.
Last year I was diagnosed with Lyme disease after years battling severe joint pain I am grateful to have answers. However, it had gotten so bad that I was no longer able to do many of the activities I enjoyed the most which was pretty much anything outside especially on the water. I have always had a talent for drawing and creating. I used to love doing nature art as a kid...painting leaves, pine cone bird feeders, etc. While trying to paint something to give as a gift for an avid fisherman I stumbled across an idea. I was not satisfied with my attempt to paint a picture of a fish. The fish itself is so cool with its scales and colors so I started researching unique fish artwork, that led me to Gyotaku: The Japanese art of Fish Printing.
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