Why do I make Art?
It is really hard for me to answer the question, "why do you make art?". For as long as I can remember, I have been making art. My mom tells me I started drawing at 18 months old. To put it simply, the process of creating art is just a part of who I am. I have always identified with the word "artist" even as a small child. Perhaps another way to say it would be, "I like to make things." I enjoy the journey, the process, the tactile experience of traditional art-making, crafting, and even sewing. I like seeing what happens with something that starts as an idea in your head and then with your own two hands (and some bits of material or paper) you make something new, something that would never exist had you not created it.
The more I think about it, the more I realize I am quite enamored with the creation process. And while the end result may be beautiful or a complete mess, there is always something to be learned along the way. I may have a favorite painting for a time, but that generally passes, and then I move on. In the end, it is more about knowing that I made it, rather than hoping to impress others.
The message behind my art is a simple one. It stands as an outward expression of the beauty I see in the world around me. My favorite subjects are landscapes, animals and other elements of nature because these things fill me with a sense of joy or peace. It is my greatest hope that my art will offer a gentle reminder to others that life is beautiful, that there are still good things in the world, and that sometimes we should stop and take a moment to appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a place.