I haven't really engaged with my audience regarding myself as an artist. I never felt comfortable labeling myself in that role. I consider myself more as a mediator between an idea and something visual.
I had many events transpire lately. Some good and some unfortunate. I have experienced loss; one person - I felt as though was detrimental. I have also come full circle with myself and recognize obstacles. Despite these events, I have completed three pieces in reasonable time as of late.
I am also grateful to receive a career opportunity with an upstanding organization. Secondly, I have gained recognition for a few pieces I’ve created. I'm very thankful for all those that support me. Art is both rewarding and very unforgiving; from the time of conception to the birth of creation. There is a part of myself in whatever I create. Whether it's an emotion, or to record a period of time in my life.
I have never focused on promoting my works until now. I accomplished what I set out to do. I dedicated two years on studying and immersing myself in the craft. I was inspired by my grandmother on my mother's side that was also an artist. She now suffers from dementia. Music also plays a large part in my inspirations.
A close friend and mentor artist asked me what direction I would be taking in the future - possibly due to the drastic shift in styles. She couldn't have asked at a more appropriate time. My primary focus will be towards my new career opportunity.
With that said, I still will be creating when time permits. However, I want to traverse back to capturing human emotions, and events - or select portraits. I feel as though the still life and landscape paintings I have completed were more like studies. I will not complete another one unless commissioned.
I will be in search of models for future pieces (paying gig). If you know of anyone that would be interested, please feel free to contact me.