Wow it has been a long time since I even looked at my website. I’m pretty sure at this point no one else is looking at it either so why not share my thoughts and start documenting the major shift that is going on in my art life. If you happen to stumble across this, I’m pretty private so starting this sharing thing while no one is looking seems like a good place to start.
I’ve put my artwork on hold for a few years and my logical reasoning was because my kids were young and I had no free time. While true, I was also coming to grips with the fact that what I went to school for was not what interested or excited me to create anymore. I am not a person who does well sitting behind a computer all day. I need to move and get my hands dirty, literally. This has led to a lot of experimentation and the more I do the more I get excited about what I can try next.
I have been painting more and more. I am experimenting with painting on wood instead of canvas. I also have remembered how much I love painting on different objects, especially those that I can restore.
I have also started block printing which has been so much fun and is actually a great way to get art in with kids. I can sit down and carve for the 5 minutes they leave me alone and then I can leave it whenever they call. No wasted materials because they dried up and no ruined paintbrushes because I couldn’t clean them. I have to wait to ink until after they go to bed but at least something gets done. Along with blocks I have been playing with printing found objects and how they can create textures and shapes in my work. Sometimes hoarding pays off after all.
The biggest change for me has been moving to Huntsville. I had been living in the upper midwest for over 10 years before moving back east. While I enjoyed most of the places I lived in that time there was always something missing and it was calling me but I could never figure out what it was. I tried so many different things trying to figure it out but it wasn’t until I moved down here and went hiking up in the mountains that I realized that what was missing was the mountains. It hit me how true John Muir’s saying “The mountains are calling and I must go.” really is. I go up there and take a deep breath and feel the freedom that comes with being up in the wilderness of Appalachia and my world seems a little less crazy and overwhelming. I grew up in West Virginia learning that the motto Montani Semper Liberi was important but lately I’ve learned why. This freedom that I’ve found in the mountains has inspired me more than anything else in my life so far. So while monsters will always show up in my work from time to time the wilderness has been showing up more and more.
So here’s to the beginning of a new phase in my art. I hope everything will continue to shift and change for the better as I find my voice in the art world.