Being an artist has its own rewards. After the struggles, sometimes years of ups and downs, you begin to trust yourself and actually start to settle down and enjoy, with no judgement the time spent with your brushes. Learning the techniques of painting often takes time and can be a frustrating part, but I usually tell my students to just think of it as an exercise and not worry about the outcome, it’s more about the process.
Becoming comfortable with your medium of choice is the next step and beginning to find your own voice as an artist takes away much of the questioning in our minds. This is the time when the aforementioned rewards start to come. The enjoyment felt when your ideas and thoughts are translated to the canvas in the way you want them to be, and your story can be told, visually is a heady experience.
This feeling never fades. I can say that after more than twenty years of painting, I still feel tingly when a piece is finished and I see what I felt actually come to life on the canvas. These rewards I speak of come from within you, and they are the most gratifying. But sometimes something else happens and raises your feelings to a new high point. I’m speaking of waking up to that email or phone call from a publication and being told that they want to write about you for their readers.
Two months ago, I woke up to just that email from a writer for Fredi Magazine. She said she had been following my career and thought her readers would enjoy learning more. We met and spoke for over two hours and a short time later she sent me the article. Within a couple of weeks the magazine came out.
So a great honour came my way and has left me feeling wonderful. I do however try not to lose sight of the fact that the real joy of being an artist comes from within.
Special Thanks to Doris Pontieri for this post.
Be sure to read the full article in “Fredi Magazine Spring 2017”.