Mixed media collage
11" x 15"
“Starting today I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what remains and look forward to what’s coming.”
I consider myself an emerging artist even though I have been creative all my life. At 12 years old after sending in an “if you can draw this, you may be an artist” drawing, I was enrolled in the then snail mail, Norman Rockwell’s Famous Artist’s Course, at 43 years old I earned an Associate Degree in Visual Art and Design and at 57 years an Associate Degree in Web Design and Development with an emphasis on design and multimedia, but today at 60 I am emerging as an Artist.
As an emerging artist, I look forward to exploring and experiencing the new techniques and styles which are so readily available today. Occasional YouTube videos and artist’s posts before bed enable creative ideas to materialize and I find myself excited to try them in the morning. Extraordinarily unusual for a non-morning person like me, I sometimes find myself rising with only a few hours of sleep so I can try them.
They say that “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”, making me an extremely skilled flatterer. My art incorporates many of these ideas, as well as the “rules of design” I was taught in school, without sticking to any one style or school of thought.
While setting aside project ideas from the recent past, I find myself attacking creative endeavors I think are “cool” with an enthusiasm that may possibly border on manic. This has been a lifelong practice of mine and being dubbed Bird by my parents...Bird on a Whim was born.
Recently, with the discovery of networking on Instagram I have truly begun the emergence process. Well known and not so well known artists and others have begun to notice, acknowledge and yes...LIKE my work. Like I tell my kids, who all sport my art in their homes... “You should hang on to that. I may be famous some day!” A girl can dream.