Strength in Diversity
Before I take you back to my beginnings, I would like to share an observation with you.
I was always under the impression, in order to be a successful, recognized, respected artist, you needed to be specific kind of artist, be it seascape, portrait , landscape , abstract, you get the picture. How many artist have you heard say, “I can’t paint portraits, or I could never paint a seascape”. They have chosen to specialize and should be congratulated for achieving a level of professionalism in a subject they are passionate about.
There is some truth to that, in that when you go to a gallery, you see how many featured artist do paint a particular genre. The consistency of their chosen style, subject, and application does make a strong impression.
I understand that and I have always thought of myself envious of that consistency and discipline it takes to stay focused with a specialty. That is not me. My interest is broad and the challenge to paint subjects totally opposite one from the other is exactly what I love.
Because I have taught for over twenty, maybe more like thirty years, just kidding more like forty years, I painted all subjects. My students wanted to learn them all. This was where I developed. I had to problem solved and verbalize it in a manner that made sense to my students. My skills improved and the ability to analyze what I saw, learning how to communicate what I saw, that actually was the wonderful confidence builder I needed for improved my skills, as well as improving my students understanding and applications skills.
I will share with you later on just how this diversity of subjects has been both a strength and blessing to my career.
We have a painting we believe may have been created by you. The signature looks the same. So I wonder. It’s of a small rowboat in a type of swampy grassy area with a lot of turquoise’s and blues and greens.
Regina, The painting you mentioned might very well be mine. If the signature looks the same, it probably is mine.
Welcome to my official web site. It’s taken 7 years, but is now up. As I learn to manage it, I will be
adding many more images. Thank you for your comments. Sandy