Member level: Master
Joined: Sep 7, 2010
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Works I Collected: 2
My Works Collected: 8
Saying that I’m a self-taught artist seems a diluted and incorrect statement. Not having a degree in art does not reflect the hours I have studied and been taught by the masters, read from great scholars on art history or instructed by more experienced artists on the uses and applications of all the mediums available. Nor does it reflect the tuition I have paid for this education. I would say being self-taught for me has meant the same as home teaching my youngest son. Being self-motivated and having the ability to self-educate oneself certainly holds water for those of us who do poorly in a classroom environment.
What I do stand on is being authentic. I've always felt that it was cheating to use other artist's techniques. Correct or not I need to be authentic. My work is now in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and China.
How does my art affect you? Does it make you smile or raise your blood pressure? Does it make you happy or sad? That's what painting is about for me. I love to pick out a canvas and just let it happen. No preconceived ideas. I just put some color on the canvas and keep going. I can tell you the exact paint stroke I did that started "Red Mountain". Many times when I've finished a painting, I find the real painting when I turn it upside down. That seems to reflect life, don't you think?
Have I won awards? Yes. Is it important? Maybe. It gives me a boost of confidence, kicks in my competitive side and it's always a compliment, but as an artist I would have to say no. The only thing that is important to me is painting, creating, working, escaping into that other realm and expressing me at that moment. To me it's my own theatre, where I can write my own plays and listen to the music that explodes from a finished piece.
I want my art to make you feel something. No, the truth is that I want you to know me. Art is the only universal language. I have something to say and I want you to listen. Hear my joy, my pain, my confusion, my who or whatever I am at that moment. Each is a self portrait of me.