I had a professor once who told me that I need to be in the studio every day and work on art every day. I took his advice to heart and have constantly tried to work in the studio every day. I also believe that one needs to struggle in order to find success and this same professor said to me, to be a great artist, you need to get out of your comfort zone. The struggle is important. I am in the studio every day - beginning. continuing on, and ending works of art.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Two concepts, freedom and individuality are tucked within in my work “Rolling Stones.” There are no two identical ways artwork can be viewed. There is no right or wrong when viewing artwork our minds need to be as open as a child’s, playing with colorful building blocks or choosing colors from a box of crayons filled with possibilities.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
What is good art? Can one see the artist's hand in the work - can one see the artist in the work - not what others think is good art - instead "good" art should reflect the uniqueness, one-of-a-kindness, individuality and freedom the artist has and their work needs to reflect all of those things. Too many times all of the above is missing in what is today called "art. "
What is the role of the artist today?
It is hard to be an artist; it would have been easier being a lawyer or physician. I have tried to give it up but I am only at home when I am creating, discovering, exploring, inventing. Those things are the role of the artist today and it is not easy.