A lawyer called me and stated he was starting to deal art. He raved about my paintings. He enthusiastically waxed on about how his high-end clients would love them and he required a minimum of 10 paintings a month. I listened intently and was flattered. I then explained that my paintings take months to make. There are layers of colors that require hours of drying between each layer. I usually work on several paintings at time but these are long term, very individual, non-mass produced pieces of art. I also mentioned that I have a family that fulfills the balance of my life.
On the other side of the phone line hung a long silence. Abruptly he announced “Well how nice that you have a life but we can not work together”. I internally chuckled and said if he has an opportunity for my work give me a call. I never heard back and I am fine with it. My work is like slow food. I relish the paint. The way it magically glows thru layers of rich translucent color. My relationships with galleries and clients appreciate its value.
I also relish my life. My life of two adopted African American vivacious boys and my husband, who one day announced he was leaving his creative directors job to become a meditation teacher. I love the whirling changes and constant opportunities to bend, crash, flow, burst and land, not always gracefully but I seem to survive with no broken bones. My art is a reflection of my life. I would be a hollow mass if I didn’t “have a life”? Ha Ha- my five year old just rushed up to me jumped on my lap and bear hugged me.
Going forward I will be adding a new series that is a more nuanced reflection of my life. My husband and I are white parents that have two African American sons. Complicated? Yes. It has sparked a passion within me to compassionately bridge the worlds of white and color. The new series will be a conversation in paint about messaging, reality or sur-reality of the relationship between what we say, believe, think and do.
Curious? Keep watching. It may take awhile for the paint to dry but when it’s done let’s talk.