I studied art in college but took a different path, only to return back to art years later. What was my pivotal moment? One morning, I woke up one and said to myself, "Starting today, I am an artist." I went over to the art supply store and bought a canvas, some paint, and one brush. By the time I got back home and got everything set up to paint, I froze—all my bravado had vanished—and decided to dip my hands in the paint and smear all around the canvas.
I thought to myself: "It has to get better from here."
So I attended an Artist's Way class and the rest of my journey has been nothing elaborate: just a collection of single, simple steps. But I did have a little help along the way when my life intersected with Roy Johnson, the owner of the first gallery that exhibited my work. I had told him I wasn't talented enough to be an artist he smiled and gave me the best piece of advice I've ever had:
"If you want to be an artist, then get up every day and paint."
Stunned by his astonishingly simple truth bomb, I took his advice and within 5 years I was making a reasonable living as an artist. The downside to all that studio time was that I was alone. About that time, someone approached me about teaching a class and I took the opportunity.
If I have any advice for any budding artist, it would be to recognize when the universe opens a door for you—and to walk through it. Teaching was my open door and I gladly embraced it. And if there wasn't an open door, then I was known for making one...that is how Art on 30th, my deep passion, came to be.
I inherited enough money to buy a building and I began working on my dream to open an arts and cultural center for active artists in the heart of North Park. First, I gutted the building and then I planned an art space that would serve the greater community with exhibition areas, studios, and classrooms.
Now I have the great honor to be mentoring other amazing artists and helping them to grow as professional, selling artists.
And I, of course, am still painting every day.