I am working hard in these first few months to focus on making art. The other business of art continues apace – the publicity, watching for suitable opportunities, finances and so forth – but I’d committed myself to invest in time spent on my work, as the main focus.
I am preparing my new series for my solo show in April at Laura Moore Fine Art. This is a body of work that has pulls from many of my interests in nature, and our relationship to it; specifically in this case the optical phenomenon of light and I have – as ever – poured my heart, soul and intellect into them. I am constantly working to keep my work and skills developing – this is the excitement of a career in the arts. I don’t want to create the same works over and over again. I know that as a person I can’t survive that kind of repetition. It’s not what it’s about for me. Life, or art. I also don’t think it’s possible for an artist to paint in any other way than is clearly their work. The subjects may change, but inevitably the art is recognizably yours.
This is a quarter for firsts. My first solo show in a Gallery; my first art fair in March at the Dallas Arboretum; my first new series since 2009; my first beginning the year with some reserves from last year’s profits, with which to fund my focus on creating.
There are many more firsts I intend to have this year both in terms of personal growth and my art. This year I intend to focus on the bigger idea of living as an artist, to cast my nets wider. I want to lay the foundation of a future involvement in art that will fulfill all aspect of my nature, and my character.
I am a self-created person and artist in almost every way. I grew up without a structure of support or guidance, and so I have taken education, whether art or life, as an a la carte offering, taking only what I wanted and discarding the rest, with a single-mindedness boldness that both preserved and limited me.
This year, I am standing outside, looking up. I want to see just how high I can reach in ten years’ time, if I start now, today.
I hope that I will be brave enough to find my limit.