Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I Am Thankful...

I have been asked by Autism Speaks to post about what I am thankful for. Really that is a quite easy question to answer.

I am thankful for the networks that I developed in each stage of my life to help me achieved the successes.  They range from being fully educated to having a thriving career as an Artist. With their help and believe in me, I have been able to show the world that people with disabilities can do anything that we want to.

I can still call the producers of King Gimp and tell them I am a bit stuck with something and we will figure it out.  I can email my professor at Towson University for advice, or to get help on my latest projects.

Then you have the people as Smoot, Brianna, and countless others who support me during the studio madness.  Most viewers look at my artwork and see what I created, but not the assistants who help in the studio.  Sure they help with mixing paints, prepping the canvas, but also snacks and hydrations. Then there are the days that the magic is not happening, so we go do something ridiculous to recharge the creative batteries.

Although I will keep reaching for my next stage of life, there will always be a team of ninjas supporting me.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

thoughts On Being An Artist

When I start a piece, I just think of what I have to say and not who is going to view it. I know people are not going to view my work as I do, but everyone can get the over all message. Even to me a blank canvas is a scary thing, I do look and think about for an hour or so before I put brush to canvas.

I always liked and did art, but in high school my teacher started to give me the tools to have art say what I wanted it to. My art speaks what I would be saying with words. It also says the feelings that are inside of me. Those feelings would make people close to me scared and worried about me. Maybe I want people to see these feeling, so they know everything is not happy in my world. Translating myself on to canvas became my language, something I needed to exist. In today’s world, I am lucky to sale a piece every couple years. I always knew being an Artist would never bring a steady income, art is about what you have to say to the world and how you want to say it. My riches come from seeing how the viewers enjoy my art and how I can make them look at the world differently through my work.