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
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
“But the artist… speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, … More The Role of the Artist in Society (if there is one)
Any art show where the promotional image includes the words “light of my life/ go fuck yourself” in neon pink is one I have to go see. Upon viewing Denver-based artist Scott Young’s “Gas Light Love Bomb” solo exhibition at the newly opened K Contemporary in Denver, I can say now that it did not … More Art to See: Scott Young at K Contemporary
Parenting is no joke. I know a lot of people liken it to a really hard job, but I don’t see it that way. Parenting is more like a spiritual practice for me. The fortitude, patience and faith it requires are more akin to one seeking enlightenment than a job you go to every day. … More In which I veer off topic and talk about parenting.
Today I had a realization. I was sitting at my acupuncture appointment, with my four month old baby on my lap,. He’s cooing and kicking and wiggling and laughing, while I’ve got needles stuck in me in an attempt to clear out a nasty headache that had set in with the heat wave this week. … More The List of Undone Things