I have been an artist my entire life. My dad was an artist and he loved drawing with pencils on crisp clean white sheets of paper. Sitting at the kitchen table in the evenings, he taught me how to draw people, horses, and objects. I learned about shading, various pencils strengths, and how important a good eraser is. I also learned that I LOVED ART. I wanted to do it all the time. I spent a lot of my childhood painting in the basement, and taking every art class I could find in grade school and high school.
I went to college for commercial art (back in the day before it got all divided up into various art forms). But college killed a bunch of things for me, including my love of creating art. I left school feeling like I wasn’t a good enough artist, and I stopped creating artwork for about 7 years. I longed for art, I struggled with art. It’s like an addiction, you just have to have it. So after years of wanting to do amazing art, and feeling lost without any type of art creation, I finally decided to start doing art again, and this time I began exploring all types of media. And this time, I would not judge my artwork or try to make it “perfect”. A hard lesson to learn for artists, as we want so badly to create something amazing and wonderful each and every time.
I fell in love with Photoshop and started doing digital art (which you can see on my other website at www.collagecastle.com and in my digital portfolio on this site). I also began using exploring paper collage, which morphed into mixed media collage – using painting, markers, designer paper, stamps and anything else I feel like tossing in there.
Now I spend everyday creating some form of art or another. It’s been a long road finding my way back to art. But now I create artwork and I don’t worry if it’s good enough. It’s the process of creation that is important. The end result, not so much. In my opinion that is the greatest lesson an artist can learn.
Creating art is a gift to the world and to ourselves.