By the time I reached college, I hadn’t really thought of doing much with photography, except that I knew how to use a camera and thought, “Hey, I’ll take a photography class.” It was one of the many classes they offered in the Art department at my school, and as I wasn’t sure what I would choose to concentrate in, I dove in with both feet and really enjoyed the process.Read More
So while keeping things tidy—both in my physical studio and in my schedule—may feel satisfying in one way, I need to leave things a bit messy. Since every artist’s process and working style will be different, an artist should keep their studio at just the right level of tidy AND messy in order to create their best work.Read More
I think many creative people, like visual artists, musicians, authors, etc., can at times suffer from a lack of self-confidence and motivation. One of my biggest hurtles was to take myself and artwork seriously. I realized in graduate school that if I wasn’t invested in my own artwork and didn’t care enough about it, then no one else was going to either. I came to realize that I needed to make my artwork for myself first. And if I thought it was worth doing, then it would have something of value to offer others.Read More
Let's be honest: it's really really hard to make a living as an artist of any kind. The likelihood that any one person is going to "hit the big time," is relatively small. This doesn't mean that creating a sustainable art career is impossible, but that the battle is mostly uphill.
If you're an artist yourself, OR simply an art-lover, there are many things you can do to encourage and support my work and the creation of art in the world at large.Read More
I've always appreciated classic art. I don't care for contemporary or modern art, and have always been very drawn to the impressionists. About a year after we moved to Tennessee, I kept gravitating towards my art books that are now all in my studio (they used to be up in my living room). I'd study them at night. I'd pour over Monet and I'd say, “How can I do that in fabric?” I had no idea that there even was such a thing as fabric art. All I knew was traditional quilting, until I went online and I searched for “impressionist fabric,” and all of a sudden it showed up for me.Read More