"Art must be an expression of love or it's nothing."
I think the most exciting thing about art is that there is always something new to discover and learn. My process involves blocking out the fear and self-consciousness and letting loose what is naturally driving me to create in the first place. Let me tell you that I can talk about art to anyone who will listen until I am blue in the face, but I can no longer freely share the details of my painitng process.
The way I choose to work with paint is unique to me. Eighteen years of consistent painting and a fine art degree led me here. It did not happen overnight. My personal style developed from attempting many approaches until I found the right mix of factors, and I will continue to grow and change my process. Creating something out of nothing means that there are an unlimited amount of opportunities, but absolutely no excuses for recreating and claiming what another artist has already accomplished. It's really amazing to think about all of the possibilities art holds. If you are seeking inspiration, I would love to encourage artists on every level to make your strokes all your own. Don't sell yourself short by denying your originality. Stay eager and keep searching within yourself for your own unique form of expression. One major thing that holds us back is the fear of what others think. Not long ago, a smart woman told me that another person's opinion of me is none of my business. I live by that every day, and that advice also changed my art forever.
I am disappointed that I can no longer share details about my process, especially because working with and encouraging other creative people gives me this certain charge that no other topic can. And now, sadly, due to the increasing number of copycats and knock-offs, it has become necessary to make this disheartening statement:
Stealing ideas from another artist is not only hurtful and insulting, but the act of copying art and design for profitable purposes is damaging to the careers of many committed, hard-working people who have spent a lifetime achieving their distinction. Using another person's ideas and progress for your own gain is dishonorable to everyone involved. The network of respectful professionals that I work with are proactively tracking copiers through social media and websites. My representatives expect me to defend my art and the integrity of our businesses. Please remember your manners, and continue to enjoy art the way it is intended. It's much more fun to support each other than to compete.
And, to tell you the truth, there is no formulated "process" to my art. After all these years of painting, I finally understand the value of confidence, an honest heart and, most of all, hard work.