Every day I realize how valuable my BFA training is to me - I am confident in my choices as an artist because I have been shown how other artists have found their way. I am free to experiment because I know that is how you learn and grow as an artist. And, so very importantly, I know enough about my craft to be able to begin expressing myself! I say begin because I will always be chasing this ethereal creature called "my voice." I feel as if my education has given me wings!!!!
I have been soaring this past year -- I have won some huge honors (Ohio Watercolor Society), taken some life altering workshops (Vladislav Yeliseyev, Lian Quan Zhen, and Mary Whyte) and rented my first "official" studio in the Hatch Artist Studios in downtown Springfield, Ohio, which in turn, has meant sales! I'm in the studio now, working on my website, my email and (obviously) this blog. Renting this precious creative space makes me feel like a young adult moving into their first apartment -- such a feeling of legitimacy!!!! I've finally "grown up" as an artist! I'm for real, the real deal, no longer a wanna be! Without my education, I think it would have taken me so much longer to get here. Thank you Wright State!!!! You served me well.