Sunday Inspiration: When a Piece of My Art Goes to a Good Home
Before I head out to the second day of the Maine Harvest Festival today from 10am to 4pm at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, I want to put up today's Sunday Inspiration.
I make art because I need to. It has been a part of my life since childhood. I have many fond memories of making all kinds of things with my mom, dad, grandparents. They still influence the artwork I make today in the themes I pick and the techniques I use. In some ways, each collage I make contains within it a piece of the people and places I hold most dear. I also love the process of discovery, growth, and satisfaction that comes from finishing a piece.
But, the second part of making art is showing it to others. Of all the things I do as an artist, showing my work is both the most nerve-wracking and the most exhilarating. It has taken me years to be comfortable putting my artwork--and myself--"out there". It is at shows I have learned that 1) not everyone responds to my artwork and that's okay; and 2) it is something very special when they do.
In fact, I go a bit googly inside when someone purchases a piece of my artwork. Whether they buy an original collage wall hanging, a matted collage, an ornament, a refrigerator magnet, or a poster, mug, or pillow, I am thrilled to know my work resonates with others and, as I wrap up my first full year of showing my collages at shows, happy to know my art is going into so many good homes.
So today's inspiration is the connection my art and I have made to the people who've found and supported me at shows and online. I am so happy to be sharing my artwork with you.
If you are in the Bangor, Maine area today, please stop by my booth to say hello.
Just a reminder that collages artwork in my SHOP is subject to availability until after the show. I will update my website as soon as possible.