After a 25-year retreat from creating art, I have returned with quite a different perspective. I am living with chronic illness, and while it is rarely the subject of my art, this experience has emphasized the importance of learning to seek, create, and enjoy happiness within the confines of my situation. My body of work includes abstracts, portraits, and figurative subject matters. Movement, color, and texture are created using brush, knife, fingers, and a variety of other tools.
The process of creating art for me is less about the final product than it is an exhalation of fulfilling personal connections, experiences, and strong emotions. Ultimately, my painting is a vehicle for me to continue to live more fully than I ever have — to truly live until I reach the end of my lifetime. Through my art and personal connections, I endeavor to leave behind happy memories.
A Creator in the Community
Born out of a conversation about the need for more creators, I formed a local art salon called "Creators Circle." Creator's Circle is an art salon developed to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for dialog, mentor-ship, and encouragement without judgment or competition, so that more art can be created, and the benefits of creating can be realized.
Meetings are often a call and response process by which artists of all disciplines come together to talk about the creative process, and create and share works of poetry, visual art, photography, music, etc. Exposure to this discussion leads to the creation of new works, which are then shared at the next meeting. With emphasis on the process of creating, rather than the end products of creation, Creators Circle seeks to break down the barriers that slow the infusion of new art into the world and to inspire new connections and ideas