Do you have any tips or advice for fellow artists based off of your experiences thus far?
I would advise exploration and experimentation without concern of the end product. Let the
process be the goal! It has always served to give me a broader understanding of the mediums I use and encouraged freedom in developing new techniques. This leads to another piece of advice that I learned the hard way and often share with my students – Its’s ok to embrace your perfectionism, but as a tool, not a goal!
What are you working on right now and why?
I am revisiting some of the paintings I had set aside unfinished, usually from a demo, with a new purpose in their completion. Without the constraints I place on myself for a work created with class in mind, I can tweak them to my heart’s content! This is extremely satisfying and also allows me to address the circumstances of the challenging times that have motivated me to spend as much time marketing my work for potential collectors as for my classes.
What was your first work of art that you were proud of? Where is it now?
A few years ago, my Mom gave me an age stained, well-worn drawing of a cow that I did when I was 6years old. She’s trotting away - udders, spots and all. I have no idea if I was proud, I wouldn’t have known at the time how unusual my depiction was for a child of that age, but I am sure I had joy in the drawing of it. I have it hanging in my bathroom – it makes me smile for many reasons now!
"Amalfi Coast Dwellings" - 12X16, Acrylic - @zanart01
Do you take commissions? Why or why not?
On occasion. I have taken many in the past and have always enjoyed “bartering” as well, but it is not currently my focus...
What do you do when you aren't working on artwork (hobbies, job, etc.)?
I am fortunate in that my artwork is an intricate part of my life through my business ZanArt, but I am also an avid gardener. Of course, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, but I am seldom not involved in some type of project that involves my artistic side – after all color, texture and design permeates so much in our lives.
How do you overcome art blocks?
Sometimes all it takes is allowing myself to take a break without guilt! I have seldom gone for
very long without at least engaging the creative side of my brain in some manner and that helps me realize that the ability is still there and that will often kick me back into gear... I also find it very useful to ignite my usual thirst for artistic play, even if it’s not present at the moment, by experimenting with a serendipitous medium like alcohol inks - working without regard to an end product can redirect my leaning toward perfectionism and overcome the fear of inadequacy that I think is at the bottom of many of our art blocks – most certainly mine...
"Floral Fantasy" - 11X14, Mixed Media - @zanart01
Where do you see your work taking you in the next 5-10 years?
One thing I have learned, especially in these uncertain times, is the future is unpredictable!
However, I hope continued exploration and experimentation will bring me new insights and more joy in my artistic journey.
Is there something that you would like to share with us that we have not covered, that pertains to you and your work?
Yes, I want to give celebration to the invaluable joy and evolution sharing my methods with my students has given me and my work. It is a truism that a teacher learns as much, if not more, from their students as their students learn from them...So, I am extremely grateful and proud to consider myself Artist, Teacher, and Student!
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