What is Art? To me, art captures something essential about life.
Art makes life bearable. It isn’t a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.
–Gillian Pederson Krag
How does one share the charm and communicate the wonder of living, breathing and being? By using color, pattern, light, texture, style, angles, laughter, beauty, nature, industry, rigor, challenge, and words; then one weaves in the rainbow of emotions and experiences– all of which shine light on the magic and the drudgery of being.
To this point I have played with self-expression and aimed toward connective conversations in the margins of my life and the privacy and intimacy of my own home. I am largely untrained, although I have had the benefit of some recent classes with some amazing and gifted artists.
Life has stages. I have supported my children to grow and be and do and supported my husband as he has accomplished and achieved and is recognized for his talents. I have weathered the declines and deaths of my grandmother, mother-in-law and parents. These have been both difficult and amazing endeavors — greatly enriching my world and theirs. Connecting me with all that has been, all that is now, and all that will continue after I cease to be.
Inside me is a calling to express, create, play. I need to sit, think, write and design, uninterrupted and untethered. Connecting with others on that path. Sharing what is in me/what I can with those I know and with people I don’t know yet. Growing. Being. Breathing. Learning better how to express what needs to get out on paper.
I seek a community to help bridge my untrained enthusiasm into something more – at first for myself, but after a period of time, for and with others.
Working with a combination of mixed media – paper, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, pastels, fabric, yarn, pens and markers – I want explore the emotions and experiences of life. My intention to start is to learn more about the craft of art by being in community with artists and pair my creations with poems, short stories or prose.
Eventually I would like to share these tools of self-expression with a wider range of children and adults in a relaxed, spontaneous way including those in marginalized communities seeking self-expression and through it, compassionate understanding.