I am all moved over from my previous site! While there are some minor wrinkles to iron out, the transition was substantially less painless than I was envisioning. In the coming months I will be rolling out with additional website features. Along with these features will also be a blog entry to introduce you to the new content.
I have been dormant with my painting as I adjust to living here in Detroit. I've been focusing on the business end of things and this site is one aspect of that. Additionally I've been networking with the expansive creative community, searching out venues, and making sure once I have school resources, that I can begin producing quality work as soon as possible.
An awesome aspect of attending the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is that as a student I have access to all the workshops after a standard orientation/safety intro. This will include a small to medium format 3D printer, digital painting tablets, glassblowing studio, a pottery kiln, and wood shop.
I am in the process of migrating my content here to a WordPress site which will offer me more functionality as well as ability to create a slick looking store to provide prints of my work. Coming soon!
Here is some recent work I've been up to. These are a mixture of studies I've been doing on different techniques. The art calls I am submitting to now are going to be inclusive of these techniques as long as they are cohesive and tell the story I desire.
The current piece I am working on (right image) will be one of two submissions to the theme, "There's No Place Like Home." A majority of the submissions I have seen so far are cliche to the saying. Going meta with this, beyond my own cliche responses (which are reflected in many of the submissions), I find myself attempting to convey a feeling of closeness.
So here I am being fartsy with capturing that attachment where warmth, trust, protection, and existence meet.
September took the speedy way out as most busy times do. I have been working my ass off to get more things in the pipeline and am finding success here in Michigan. To summarize:
- I'm a Michigan resident!
- I applied and was accepted to the College for Creative Studies! (getting my paperwork ready for a January 2016 start)
- Pushing my Art portfolio out to the public art sector.
I've been reaching out progressively to larger interests in the arts; agents, colleges, co-ops, and looking for collectors. I have a body of work that is expressive of my abilities but I lack the professional history that many in the art world like to see. It's still an uphill battle and I am learning daily, however I feel ecstatic, driven, and feel like I'm finally working for me, not against. Thank you to all of you who have and continue to support me!
I took a leap this past week and made the move to Birmingham, Michigan. Why would I leave Seattle, a notably cultural-rich city, for the suburbs of the Midwest? Art and family. I've joined my younger sister, her husband, and their eight month-old daughter. They have generously offered to host me as I make painting a focus in my life! Additionally, the arts scene here is exceptional and deeply rooted. I saw this as a 'no-brainer' once I began researching the area and opportunities I will be pursuing.