If you couldn't be an artist, what would you do instead?
I would study architecture green environments; housing. I believe life is an art and the artistry is in the commitment to the task at hand.
What, for you, are the greatest benefits/challenges of being an artist?
The greatest benefit as an artist is the one on one connection to myself and the work. I love the process of exploring , researching and developing . The vulnerability and the elements of discovery. The process has many growing pains, moments of authentically opening up and pushing forward, as well as going backwards in search of one's personal dialogue - journey.
The greatest challenge was bridging work and life which is one. Finding venues to share the work, funds to actualize ideas and remain in the practice of developing art. Yes, the art practice is separate, and the multiple compartments of daily life have their spaces, Flexibility is crucial to assist the work practice and day to day. I remain open to possibilities. I am a artist, painting, cooking and care taking. I am an artist.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Years ago when I did not see I needed to believe in myself, uncertainty is normal and the awareness allowed me to commit to myself, practice , life . Uncertainty is always available...so is belief...
What's the most indispensable item in your studio?
My presence. My energy is required in order to move from point A to B. The energy may vary. I would say my authentic self. The one who takes risk and ignores the person on their shoulder second guessing...Hands down.
What work of art do you wish you owned?
There are many artworks I love, I am selecting Gauguin, he was one of the artist I became familiar with as a young teen .I fell in love with his colors, I came across a book of his work...I did not know who he was, it is the execution and beauty of the culture that he painted that drew me in... I could feel a kinship. "Two Tahitian Women" 1899.
What superpower would you have and why?
I would like the ability to create magic to lighten the world, create a new vision...that's a big one...dreams do come true...
Why should people support WPA or organizations like it?
The very mission of Washington Project for the Arts pushes discourse in contemporary art ,real issues surrounding community and the global community. This dialogue /work can make change in the world and already has... It is crucial to share what we do and how we choose the expression. WPA allows for work that evokes and provokes. WPA gives platform to artists and allows for a presence of the work and voice, connecting people places and ideas.
Do you have a website where we can see other examples of your artwork?