In addition to painting, I love reading and growing
plants. I used to read
when I was young. My backup career ideas as a teen were Library
Science and English Literature. Like
some of you may have, I quit reading fiction when I got BUSY. A few years ago, my mom gave me a hardcover
copy of “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith (who also wrote the original 101
Dalmatians story and hit plays for the
stage), and I got re-hooked!
I like romantic stories and classics and some poetry, and that
overflows into my painting life and always has.
One important piece of being an artist is BEING an artist; that is
living life as a story. The things I can
control-doing my best to make them beautiful- and the things I can’t control-
doing my best to make the most good out of them.
I’ve always loved reading artist’s biographies and
journals. I’m fascinated by the
connections between what they painted with how they lived. The more I know of their lives, the more
emotion I pull from the work. If I have a real life encounter with an exhibition of paintings by Manet or Cezanne, for example, I am powerfully moved-even if their work hadn't been of noted interest to me before. There is something about connecting the story of their lives with their original work that I find so moving.
I do a lot of thinking about "why buy art? Why watch art? Why make it?"
There is much I could say about this topic and I’m interested
have to say about it, and today I’ll just share this thought: Art
and the making of it and the living of it is part of a story, the story of the
the story of the person who collects it. At that point our stories meet and
mingle. The art expresses something of
the buyer’s taste and experience that the painter shares with them. The artist’s accomplishments become part of
the collector’s personal story. I LOVE
this tapestry. Story is so beautifully