I was born with the desire to create embedded in my soul. But it wasn't until I was closer to forty than not,that I actually believed I could create. It was a matter of finally putting all the "oh no you can't" voices behind me and simply taking one step. The most important step. The first step toward calling myself an artist.
And these days I do call myself an artist but I am art student too. Constantly learning new techniques, honing skills, applying what I learn, to what I do, in my own fashion and in a manner that pleases me.
What do I love? Oh so many things I can't even begin to list them all! Paint, paper, fabric, color, layers, patterns, texture, working in a controlled fashion, working in a careless let it fly fashion, vintage photos and ephemera, flea markets, thrift stores, antique stores, the thrill of the hunt, textile art, contemporary abstract art. All is fodder for my imagination. lol Just take a look at my Pinterest boards and you'll see it all spilled out.I spent many years when paint was the total focus and obsession in my life. I taught others to paint while hand painting old unloved furniture, giving those pieces new life and selling them to good homes. I use birds and flowers and leaves for a lot of my motifs. I still love these subjects in my art and still use them. I have painted garden murals on walls and rugs on floors. I have textured walls to look like old and worn brick and even applied hay and plaster to a wall for a client for a very pastoral French look.
I am immersed in a world of color, patterns, mark making, textures, layers and asking, always asking...what if?
One of my most inspiring and favorite quotes is this:
"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: you will discover Yourself.” Alan Alda
If I can find my creative place so late in life, anyone can.