While looking through my reference photographs trying to find an image to use for my next Etch A Sketch, I allowed myself to be distracted by photographs of my kids. I came across this photo of my daughter riding her bike – pure unadulterated joy. Hmmm “unadulterated”.
The definition of “adulterated” is as follows: ‘to render something poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one’. Is adulthood the inferior substance that we add to life that makes this exuberance of a child so hard to come by? Or are the struggles that life doles out between childhood and adulthood the necessary ingredients that allow us to see just how beautiful our children are?
The other day I was pondering the large and nebulous question, ‘What is art?’ and quickly found that I don’t much care – not in the general sense, anyway.
What I do care about is, ‘what does my art mean to me?’ and even more so, ‘can I create meaningful connections with others through my art?’. Obviously, I hope the answer to the latter is a resounding, YES!
One of the things that I love about using the Etch A Sketch (a multigenerational toy) as my medium is that most people have played with one and as a result of their experience with it they seem to have a special relationship with the art. I hope that adding this blog to my website is going to help me find and connect with kindred spirits. Writing has always been an essential tool for me not just in my art but in life, the ultimate creative process!!
I am so excited – I just received the May/June issue of Life + Dog magazine which features my Etch A Sketch dog portraits.
It is such an honor to be one of their celebrated artists!