Art is what we call…
the thing an artist does.
It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.
I have this memory of being a child and a teacher asking me what I was going to be when I grew up. When I responded that I wanted to be an artist, she laughed. Laughed! Talk about killing a child’s spirit.
There are so many dangerous ideas at work here. The idea that you can’t make a living as an artist, so you should pursue a “safe” 9 to 5 job that you’ll most likely hate. The idea that you’re not successful as an artist unless you are making a living. Even just the idea that you have to be extremely talented to be called an artist.
I often tell people that I take pictures because I can’t draw. Sometimes I dream of being able to walk up to a blank canvas and smearing paint on it until it becomes a master piece. Truth is, I’ve never spent even one second trying. Maybe I will some day.
When I started photography classes in college, I remember being scorned by fellow students and “teacher’s pets” because I had no idea what I was doing. Can you imagine… apparently I was supposed to have already mastered the subject topic on the first day of class!
All that being said, I am an artist today, thanks to the support of my family and friends and so many others that I’m proud to call my clients. But what good is creating art if no one gets to see it? At some point last year I realized that I was taking thousands of photos a week and the only people who ever saw them were the ones paying for them.
The generic question I always get asked is, “How’s photography going?” So this blog is my answer to that question… it will be a place that you can get to know me better, learn the stories behind the photos, and see the art that I spend my days making.
Thanks for joining me…I can’t wait to get to know you better!
(The photo above was taken in Uganda, Africa)