At its core, art is about leaving a mark. This ranges from the conceptual work that leaves a thought in a viewer’s mind, to a three-dimensional sculpture carving out space, to the ubiquitous gestural mark in painting and drawing. The last is the mark that most interests me, of course, for I am a painter, … More The Persistence of the Gesture
Being an artist is often likened to being on a journey, one filled with various ups and downs and twists and turns. At times it feels rather thankless, and at other times the gateway into incredible experiences and people. I often think about the track my life would have taken had I not become an … More The unexpected benefits of being an artist
Creatives, you have value beyond the success of your career. This post is going to be pretty honest, because I think I am not the only creative dealing with this issue right now, and I want to start a conversation. This is not about “success” or “failure,” but about the idea of value. Specifically, when … More How do you know your value?
Painting is slow. It requires time, and attention, and engagement. Painting is without algorithm or artificial intelligence; rather, it is the most human of intelligence. It is the oldest intelligence, begat from the hands of ancient peoples, tens of thousands of years ago, on cave walls. There is something pure about paint on a surface, … More Analog (in a digital world)
A personal essay exploring the intersection of art, science and the transcendent experience. by Julia Rymer
The public shaming– and defense– of actor Geoffrey Owens, the Cosby Show cast member who was recently “caught” working as a cashier at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey by various news outlets, struck me. I think it hit the nerve of every creative person, as many of us collectively jumped to his defense. Maybe … More Creatives sometimes have to get day jobs. We aren’t failures. Deal with it.
I’m battling my way through my work, preparing for an upcoming show, but also, as always, simply doing the work: creating, destroying, pondering, playing in the studio. Marking up canvases and instantly regretting the marks, or sometimes– not often– loving what I have made, and getting attached, wanting to keep it. Then destroying it and … More Thoughts on the artistic process.
It was my grandfather who told me to pick something as a career that could be done for the rest of my life. I felt instantly smart in my choice of becoming an artist, even if at times I still question it. It is, if nothing else, something I can do for the rest of … More Longevity
Sitting in Trine Bumiller’s light-filled, Park Hill studio, we talked of memory and landscape, the meaning of trees, the color blue, our lives as working artists. Our conversation ran the gamut but always circled back to her luminescent, awe-inspiring work. Encountering Bumiller’s work is like finding a snapshot of a moment in time. Her abstract … More Artists I Know: Trine Bumiller
In 2009 I shifted from my academic teaching career to working as a full-time artist. What I did not realize when I did this was that I was embarking on a journey as a creative entrepreneur. It has been quite the road I have walked; I made a lot of mistakes, but I succeeded a … More artboss: a workshop for creative entrepreneurs