The first artist’s statement I ever wrote contained this phrase, “trying to find myself in my art”. That is still true but I have come to believe the answer is to Keep Trying.
I’ve searched with an open mind and eager paintbrush, traveled down many pathways and tried different techniques in a variety of mediums. I discovered a lot of areas that were “just not me” and moved on. That helped narrow the focus.
My current path is no longer as diverse as it once was. I have managed to streamline what I do. It’s more productive, improves quality and hones my skills.
The journey has become my passion.
When I work at my easel I realize that this act is a form of communicating with prospective viewers, as well as a dialog with between me and my inner self. I begin a piece by knowing what the subject matter will be, and eagerly wait to see what I am going to reveal about it. Often I think I have a clear direction to take, then find myself making twists and turns I didn’t anticipate. I know a piece is done when there is nothing more to say and I am filled with a sense of discovery.
Hopefully viewers share my vision when they see my work, and can find their own personal connection with the piece.