I've found myself asking lately what is art for, why do I do it,and what is the point? A lot of people will look at a painting or drawing and see a pretty picture to hang on the wall, but I want it to be more than that. Selling work is important to any artist that wants to keep doing what they are doing , but it takes more than that. It takes a love for the work and an unrelenting drive to be creative and expressive. Sometimes it gets difficult and you really have to push to keep going, but through that we still have to hold on to who we are as an artist. We learn new things and our techniques and style may change but in the core of our art we are still ourselves.
I have never been able to put a description in words on myself as a person. There are things I have done that I am not to proud of, and then there are things done that I think turned into the greatest moments of my life. It's difficult for anyone to make a summary of themselves off of this. Most artists try, whether it be painters, sculptors, musicians, whatever type. We put ourselves into our work. Not to hide or flaunt. We describe ourselves with what we create. Outside forces will always have some part of inspiring us, but it will still be through our eyes that the world will see it expressed in our art. That is what art is for and why I keep doing it. It is the back-burner inspiration that keeps me going when all else fails and I'm stuck wondering "what's the point?" I believe whether people like to admit it there is a little artist in everyone.
With that, I hope you take a minute to see my art and any other artist's work you come across. If you like it great, but more importantly appreciate it. Try to understand what it means when that artist says "Here I am.