When I asked Jeffrey Keith, my friend, mentor and former professor, if I could interview him for my “Artists I Know” series, he acquiesced, on the condition that I keep my boring interview questions to myself. Instead, he had a special request: Write the story of that time we had dinner with the reknowned artist … More Artists I Know: Jeffrey Keith (and our dinner with Robert Ryman)
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
Life with a new baby is rather slow. Despite constant reminders by well meaning Baby Boomers how quickly your children’s lives go by, I find my days creeping along, at once mindless and wonderful. The baby learns to smile and interact amidst the endless diaper changes in a day. He sleeps on me, not in his crib, so I … More When life slows down
One of the most profound moments of my artistic career happened not with a great mentor or inspiring artist. It happened, instead, with a professor I quite detested at the time for their negativity, cynicism, and angst. I never took another class from her, in fact. But their advice to me in that moment was … More Being The Artist You Are
My experience at Gather, a workshop for creative professionals in Atlanta, GA, and my trip to the Southeast United States. … More Southern Exposure
To be successful as an artist has no exact definition, much like in any profession, but there are several clear indicators that one is successful. Your work sells, you are featured in shows, you are written about, you as asked to do commissions, etc. You can have all of these happening or just some and … More On Failure and Success.