The really wonderful thing about being an artist is that the possibilities of art are endless. I will admit however, sometimes those endless possibilities can be a little overwhelming. Where to start? What to do? How to bring a vision to life? It can be crippling to the point where no art is being created at all. Plus, I sometimes find that since I have developed a distinct style of art I can feel a bit boxed in by it.
Last month I took an amazing workshop with Sandra Duran Wilson in Santa Fe. I learned some really cool new techniques that I was excited about trying. I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate them into my style but I knew I wanted to find a way to use them.
I was discussing all these “what ifs” and challenges with my husband one morning and he had a simple answer for me: “That’s the thing about being an artist, YOU get to decide what you want to do next.” Simple and true.
So it was by coincidence that that same day I was asked if I would be willing to donate some work to a fundraiser for the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues. I have been designing the promotional materials for NMARB for my cousin Keith Sanchez who is the director and founder as well as a fantastically talented musician/singer/songwriter. This was the light bulb moment that I needed. It was a low pressure chance to explore some new techniques, some new mediums and some new themes.
So here they are, the new pieces that I’ve come up with for the NMARB silent auction.
They are all mixed media on wood. It is the first time that I have really tried to get a little more abstract with my work and transfer found images and text rather than paint the human form and use collage. I used molding paste and gel mediums on these pieces to create texture and stencils and stamps to create patterns. It was fun and I hope the NMARB will benefit from the donation. I can’t even express how satisfying and inspiring it was to go in a new direction and spread my artistic wings. I will definitely do it more often.
If you are in New Mexico, you should check out this event. It’s on May 6 at 6 pm and it promises to be an amazing night of music, poetry and art. You can get more information here.