Those words were said by the American painter nearly a hundred years ago. They are as true now as they were then.
An artist is someone who has a vision and finds their own way to share that vision. It doesn’t matter your sex, age or gender. What matters is how true you are to your own vision.
I have been an artist my entire life. I have had formal training and I’ve sought out my own training from those who have gone before me. I’ve also had plenty of life lessons where I learned the hard way. While, the are not fun, they still teach lessons that you can’t pay for.
I haven’t always made a living from being an artist, however, I have always brought my art vision into the ways I did those jobs, even in the Marines.
Being an artist can often have you feeling like an outsider, a stranger, weirdo, someone who just can go with the “normal” flow of things. If you feel that way or have ever felt that way GREAT! That is proof you have an artist soul waiting to show the world a new way.
What my goal his with this site is to give you tools, tutorials, and encouragement to seek out your art life and make it happen. You should never feel the need to copy anyone’s personal style. Sure, you can practice it as a way of growing, but don’t stop there. You have your own voice and story to give to the world.
I know what it’s like to struggle finding your voice and then getting that voice on canvas. There was a time in my life were I couldn’t make my art. Remember what I said about those tough life lessons? All I can say if that ladies, if your mom says he’s no good you better listen!
I have been on the top of my game and the bottom. I will share all the wisdom I have gleaned along the way to help you in your journey. I have also studied almost every type of art medium, beginning with oil paint.
My advice to you is to make art daily. Begin an art journal and stay faithful to it. explore, play with color, seek knowledge and inspiration, make a vision board. Follow your intuition and inspiration and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines. Make the art that is in your heart. If you only make art that is currently trendy what will happen when times change? Be true to yourself.
I’d love to hear from you! I have a private Facebook group and you are welcome to jump over there and ask questions as well as share your art.
You should also join my e-mail list. I have a resource library which will be growing over the months. You receive the password when you sign up to the e-mail list. You can unsubscribe at any time if you want.