Sometimes being an artist is overwhelming, frustrating and lonely. If I think about my art practice as an entire career, beginning to end, I am stifled by fears like “What if I don’t make good art?” “What if others don’t like what I DO make?” “What if I am remembered for not making good art” or more sadly, “What if my work is not remembered at all?”
These questions and many more lead me to a dead end – better questions are “What do I want to say through my art?" “What is important enough to me to create?" And, “What can I create here – and today, that satisfactorily answers these questions?" Of course the process is more complex and the journey more unsettling than these questions indicate.
Living in the moment and making art of the moment I am in – seems to be the path for me to take. I am not in charge of how people react to or judge what I create. I can only authentically create what I am capable of – here and now, and let others respond. For me, the joy is in the creation.