ArtsCulture outtakes

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I enjoy all aspects of painting. So much of the process is invisible. Feeling something, being inspired, thinking it through… when I start the application of paint to a surface, there’s still all that invisible stuff going on in my head. So I guess I’d say the element I enjoy the most is the creativity.

How did you start making art?/Why do you make art?

I don’t remember my first piece of art. One thing that often comes to mind, still, is from kindergarten or first grade. We were painting egg cartons, and were told to use two different colors, one for the inside and another for the outside. I used two different yellows. A girl got mad at me and said I was doing it wrong. She couldn’t see that one of the yellows was lighter than the other. She told the teacher, but the teacher believed that my yellows were different.

I have very few memories of a teacher having a positive response to something I did.

I make art for the fun of it, and for the stories I can tell. I make art because it is satisfying.

I paint, partly, because people want me to. Venues want pieces to show. I paint so that I can sell them. That is just a fact of life.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by beauty. That’s subjective. I’m inspired by justice, and by injustice.

If I showed you one hundred of my paintings, I’d have one hundred stories to tell you.

I’m inspired by struggles. My own struggles where I’m looking for answers or resolution, and by rooting for others who struggle.

How has your practice changed over time?

My practice has changed a lot over the past thirty years. I used to paint in mostly black and white. They were self portraits back then, with an air of resentment or sadness. You know how young artists can be. I thought my feelings were deep and unusual. That old tedious existential angst.

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