January marks 13 years since I quit my corporate job at a Vancouver law firm to create art full-time. It was one of the scariest and most necessary decisions I have ever made.
It's been a rich, fascinating journey, ripe with opportunities to learn, and stretch into areas of myself I never thought possible. Painting continues to be my companion, my mirror, my teacher and my friend.
I am so thankful for my family, friends, clients and students who have supported my journey. I am grateful for you & I celebrate you!
Lesson #1: Begin where you are, with what you have
Lesson #2: Make art about your life
Lesson #3: Find inspiration in all of nature, including decay
Lesson #4: Revisit the same themes over and over again (but also keep experimenting)
Lesson #5: Devote your life to making art, never stop
Damn, is this really my first post of 2021? Yes, it is!
There is a time to bite your tongue and be quiet. But there is also a time to speak. Quite honestly, I have an extremely hard time distinguishing between the two. It's gotten me into a lot of trouble in past relationships, when I felt something wasn't right, but did not say anything for fear of hurting others. I am reminded of a quote by one of the world's greatest teachers, Mahatma Gandhi: “Be gentle, truthful and fearless.” So here it is:
"The Trouble with Self-Taught Artist":
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.