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[Jun. 17th, 2000|08:03 pm]
The Image Collector
It's been almost 18 years now since I discovered/created my pattern and assumed it as the focus of my artistic life. I have produced several hundred paintings, a few silkscreens and block prints, and some drawings. I haven't kept very close track of sales since the first year, but I imagine the number approaches 100. A few of the paintings I feel are outstanding. Any that I didn't like, I painted over, in fact, a few critical turning points in my journey occurred when I decided Something dramatic needed to happen, usually at the expense of what I was working on at the time. I have had a few beief relationships with galleries, but I have never pursued them with any great enthusiasm, and they have returned the sentiment. I'm not sure why, I do believe that my work is sophisticated, beautiful, and occasionally bordering on masterful. I think it could, with the right representation, be a very marketable commodity. There is, after all, nothing like it around. So why do I have a "real" job (which I fortunately enjoy) instead of a successful art career? I honestly don't know. Like most artists, I am not a salesman, nor amI cut out to be one. I am also not willing to compromise my artistic integrity tosell paintings. Been there, done that, no thanks. I wont match your sofa, but my wprk will look outstanding next to it. I think it could also hang very comfortably in any contemporary museum or gallery. As I said, I like my "real" job, but I would much rather be a full time painter. I suppose I could quit work and scrape by on painting sales, but I have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I spent a good twelve years doing the Bohemian artist thing. It was a good life, but I don't want to end up on SSI and Medicare when my body starts falling apart, so I work. It's not that I don't have confidence in myself or my art, but I recognize that most good, productive artists are not rewardedin our country. On August 30, 2008, which will be my 50th birthday, I will quit work and live at whatever financial level I have acheived by that time. If I'm really lucky, that will give me 50 years of full time painting. Of course a lot could happen before then, I could get married (not likely), have children (less likely), or I could die. I think those are the only things that could change my plans, but you know how life is, box of chocolates and all that. More later. Many farbels all!

From: (Anonymous)
2001-03-31 09:37 pm (UTC)

was great to meet you and your family

well were fried, go home @ 9;30 and had a great day at the auction... but i just wanted to drop you a note...welcome home cause if your reading this you got haom safe....and congrags early for moving back to tucson, that just leaves you living closer to us than, when you move
thought i'd respond to this one since you wrote it on my 43rd birthday , last year, and i was raised in n.j and had the privelage of attending a semester at art students leage in n.y in the 70's
great site i'll see more of it latter
keep in touch with us
repair with love"
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