Saturday, June 22, 2013

the final cut

I almost forgot that I had Roman Aguirre film my gallery show. I got the final cut today and I'm very pleased with how it turned out, especially the "out take" at the end. My husband Gary had set up a camera documenting us hanging the art. It's amazing what creative editing can do....thanks Roman!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

are we having fun yet?

I had someone ask me recently if making art was fun. The question stopped me in my tracks. I didn’t know how to answer and had really never thought about it before. Well several weeks have passed and I can’t stop thinking about it. “Do I have fun when I’m making art?” I guess it depends on what it means to have fun so I looked up the definition and it said “enjoyment or lighthearted pleasure”.

I love the process and the problem solving of what I do. I love the final product when it all comes together. It’s an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. I make art because it’s something I HAVE to do. It’s who I am.

But it’s taken a lot to get to this point…5 years of design school, a 25 year career as a design professional ( I believe all of life’s experiences informs what you do) and the last 10 years of taking additional classes and workshops. I regret none of it. It’s all exactly as it needed to be and I’m extremely happy to be here.

I’m also one of those people who thinks those 10,000 hours of practice are worth it. I’ve never considered it boring and it has nothing to do with being perfect. I remember the frustration of wanting to make something but not having the skill. It was so discouraging and no fun at all. It’s hard to be creative when you have a vision of what you want something to look like but don’t know how to make it happen.

I feel I can be so much more creative when I know I can go into my studio and I don’t have to struggle with a technique because I’ve practiced it a 100 times and it now seems second nature to me. It’s like learning to ride a bicycle. Whether you did it with or without training wheels, you learned to balance first and be comfortable with that before you attempted any fancy moves. It may not have been fun but you did it anyway.

If you talk to people who are really good at what they do…an artist who makes his or her living from making art vs someone who creates art for “fun”… you will hear stories of dedication, sacrifice and lots of practice. I know this path isn’t for everyone. It’s a choice we all have to make as artists and decide to what level we want to take our art.

And you know what? I can now say I’m having fun. But it wasn’t always this way. I see the total enjoyment of what I do now as the reward for a lot of hard work. And isn’t that true of anything in life that’s worthwhile.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

seems like yesterday

Well the opening has come and gone and I couldn't be more pleased. There was a nice turn out, several sales and most important a really good response to my new work. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

It's funny how once a big event happens it always seems so long ago. My plan now is to take a little break, clean my studio and shop, and enjoy the wonderful spring weather here in Phoenix.

Friday, March 15, 2013

the home stretch

Well, the photos have all been taken, the invitations are out (see below) and all that's left to do is hang the work. It's been a wild ride getting ready for this show. It's taken almost a year to get to this point. But it was so worth it. It allowed me the time to create a body of work that really represents who I am as an artist. And it's given me lots of ideas for where I want to take the art in the future.

opening reception

Xanadu Gallery
7039 E. Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ
Thursday March 21st   7-9pm

All the new work is up on the Xanadu Gallery website.
Check it out and hope to see you at the show.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

opening night

A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits on Friday night for the opening of the show at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. There was a great crowd to see some great art.

Pardon my back…that’s me talking to Jen Cushman, Tonia Jenny and her husband David. It was great to see them.

The juror’s statement pretty much left me speechless (you may have to enlarge to read). I floated all the way home.
The show is up until March 31st. If you're local it's well worth the trip.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

cloud nine

I am honored and thrilled that my art has been chosen to be exhibited in the Mesa Arts Center Museum's 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts show. The opening is Friday January 25th from 6-9pm. If you're local please come by. For more information visit their web site