How many times did I choose a career path?
The first time: My major. Art was my preference, but disliking the attitude of the art department I abandoned it for psychology. It turned out the professors were behaviorists, and that didn’t suit me either. I settled on history, a good place to start when you are only 18! But art wasn’t forgotten. I married at 21 and while my children were young I took 10 years of studio art classes, enough to constitute a minor, if anyone was
The second time: An advanced degree: Again I looked at an art degree. Still no. Psychology won and this time it was a better fit. I became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and practiced for 29 years. Possibly the all of this was necessary to mature as an artist.
The third time? 5 years ago when I retired. I was itching to paint more than ever before! Now I have the time–and perhaps not the worry about starvation!
I have not settled on a style nor narrowed my subjects of interest. Portraiture, Figure & Landscape still predominate in my work. Since retirement I have embraced abstraction and surrealism as well. Because of my background as a therapist, both are far more interesting to me than they might have been earlier.
I have a lifetime storehouse of sights, ideas and feelings: shapes, colors, lines, concepts, symbols, images, dreams, & fears that may emerge on a canvas— sometimes surprising me–when I play with paint and then develop whatever shows up, almost unbidden.
While it is true that we don’t get to return to an early choice and re-do it, I feel as if I have had the opportunity to do the next best thing–return to an early love, painting, and go at it with even greater enthusiasm than before!
MORE ABOUT THIS ARTIST
Artist Style: Visual: Abstract, Contemporary, Environmental, Expressionistic, Figurative, Focus on Color/Light/Movement, Impressionistic, Land/Cityscape, Nature/Wildlife, Non-Objective, Portraiture, Realism, Still Life, Surrealistic
Artist Medium: Visual Arts: Drawing Media, Oil, Watercolor