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What is it to be an artist?

May 12, 2015

What is it to be an artist? I’m not just saying someone who can draw is an artist. Of course anyone can be artistically talented in some way. What I’m talking about however, is someone who devotes a large piece of themselves to their art. As an artist, I believe, a person has to constantly evolve and learn new things about themselves. They have to push their level of understanding of their hypothesis to the farthest limits. They have to be unafraid of taking chances or exploring something new. Being an artist (or a true collector), means art becomes like an addiction. Though there are some cases where art can cause bad things to happen. In those who can learn to control the need to create, this demand can create beauty and wonder. (Where would anatomy be without Da Vinci’s drawings?)
Artists are in it for life. They feel an overwhelming obligation to create and are willing to sacrifice – even if there is no glory. They dedicate all of themselves to find the uniqueness or the beauty in situations that are often less desirable.
A little over a year ago I met a well-known artist who told me that you must consume yourself with art. “Go to the studio everyday even though you may not know what is happening. Become obsessed.” He said. I thought this was a little odd but in October when I moved to my new studio, my work dominated my thoughts (as it still does) and I became obsessed. Working in mostly smaller scale, I pushed myself to a new level of understanding regarding my work.
The series is still an exploration about the way we see light and color. I believe the ways in which we view them, are influenced by things that surround us. Not necessarily the physical reality that we see, but pieces of our lives that inhabit our minds and affect our souls. Combining abstract representations of the visual experience as well as representations of a physical reality, I portray how things are and how they should be.
Below is the work that I completed between October and March.

Abstract 7, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 2, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 4, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 3, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 5, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 1, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″Prism_Abstracts1_1_web

Abstract 6, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Abstract 8, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialty papers, polyurethane, 12″x12″
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Prism Study 11, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8″
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Prism Study 10, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8″Prism_Study10_1_web

Prism Study 8, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8″Prism_Study8_1_web

Prism Study 7, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8″
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Prism Study 9, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8 Prism_Study9_1_web

Prism Study 12, Acrylic on canvas, 8″x8″
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Prism 12, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialtypapers, polyurethane, 30″ x 40″Prism_12_1_web

Prism 13, Acrylic on canvas, magazine & specialtypapers, polyurethane, 30″ x 40″
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