This statement was presented
during an artist talk
at the opening reception of a
solo exhibit - main gallery
The Dairy Art Center,
Over the years, my style and approach to creating art has changed, as my work has grown and developed. When I’ve written other artist statements, I have written about the style or a format I’ve created. However, for this exhibit, PALETTE KNIFE GONE WILD, I want to talk about passion because the palette knife has unleashed passion on my canvas as nothing has before. I hope you can see that in this body of work.
Passionate creativity comes from a deep, secret place inside the artist that is bursting to escape in an artistic form. If an artist is reading this, she understands the pain when something you’ve given your heart to is not satisfying your spirit and eye. She knows when it’s not right, not where she had hoped it would go. However, I’ve learned over the years, that if you allow yourself to go to that secret creative place that each of us has, fully trust and commit, and shun doubt, something magical will find it’s way to your work. A lot to expect? You bet, but we can do it. Never give up!
I dabbled in art from childhood, but when I picked up a paint brush in 1999, at an art class in Memphis, I knew that my life would never be the same, that I was an artist. Of course, I had doubt, but at the same time, I believed. The passion was simmering from the beginning, but the passion is boiling now and it leads me to the studio. It even leads me to classes I love to teach. Those classes, I believe, have given me a voice that I clearly hear, and that voice has strengthened my work.
I am a very grateful artist and I am grateful you are reading this.
Every artist needs to be heard, their work has something to say.
mantra: wait watch listen absorb