This is a series of short posts that will piece together how I ended up in the visual arts. I don’t recall an Ah-Ha situation where I knew from a particular moment that I wanted to be an artist. It just sort of crept up on me. It has now been over 35 years since I pursued art as, at first, a serious avocation then a profession. Along the way I have been very fortunate having experienced many facets of the visual art world. During that time I have also made attempts to leave that world only to be pulled back in somehow. You can read the first post in this series here.
This is where I will end this series. After this point, I had made the decision to transfer from art as a past time to art as a way of life. My purpose for writing this was to see if there was any logic for me ending up in this field and I can see that my desire to produce art came early and persisted. My career has been quite varied in not only the type of art I have produced but the various positions I have held in the arts. There have also been many setbacks and sabbaticals but I always seem to return.
What I will leave off with is a reference back to the comment my friend said about wanting to see a bit of red in my early collages. Fairly quickly I got involved in the the broader category of Works on Paper which includes papermaking, printmaking, book arts, etc. So I will share a few images below of some other work from that early period of my art making. As an aside, but a good example of how your work catches up with you years later, please see this post regarding the last piece shown below (the link is also underneath that image).
Thank you for coming on this journey with me!
Please see this post regarding the piece above