Getting Down To Work

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A New Series

Don’t you love a clean slate, a new chapter, a blank page? That’s how I always feel as the new year approaches. There’s just something about a new year that makes me want to start fresh. I start making lists and setting intentions. One ritual I have, and I know a lot of you do this too, is that I pick a word for my upcoming year. I pick a word that can be a touchstone for how I want my year to go. It usually has to do with what I want more of. This year my word is “work”.

I picked the word work because I know for sure that nothing good comes without a little work. I can set all the intentions and goals I want but unless I put my head down and get to work, nothing will ever happen. This year, I want things to happen. I want to work at nurturing my family. I want to work at improving my art. I want to work at feeling healthy and fit. I want to work at developing workshops that inspire and invigorate.

Along those lines, I have begun to develop a new series of paintings. At the end of last year, I was venturing more and more deeply into abstract work. This year, I want to incorporate my abstract with my figurative. Art is my vocation. I always come back to painting women because I see so much expression in a woman’s face. I see their stories, their truths, their depths and their layers of beauty and pain.

To me this is the essence of my expression.

“Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway.” ~Kiki Smith

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