Finally! You’ve moved into your dream home, you’ve opened your new office. You’re inspired and want to inspire others that come into your space. Thoughtful, elegant surroundings will telegraph your attention to detail and the care your will give to your family, friends, and clients. Real art made by real people hanging on your walls is one way to do that. Buying art can be intimidating - but it's really not.
The secret? You are equipped with exactly what you need to look at, enjoy, and buy art. Whatever you feel when you look at art is perfect. Art will invoke feelings in you, good, bad, or ugly; whatever you feel is ok. It’s that simple. You don’t need an extensive art education, you don’t need to know where the piece fits contextually within the annals of history to enjoy, to not enjoy, to be delighted, or be offended by art. Even a disturbing response to viewing a piece of art is ok, it brings out an emotional response in you, right?
Your appreciation for art begins exactly where you're at right now. Don’t ever let art snobs make you feel you are lacking in the ability to appreciate art or talk about how a piece of art makes you feel. You have everything you need right now, today, to begin your journey into the endlessly fascinating world of buying real art and making a huge impact in your life and the life of the artists you buy from.
Making art is my north star I want to make art that’s accessible for everyone, not just those with an art education. Diving into the core of what I love most about making art; my wild love for color, the natural world, and the nuance of great design. I also highlight bits and scraps of things from across the ages that I find fascinating: dragonfly wings, bird feathers, flower petals, foreign-language newspapers, bits of lace, and the master skills used by illustrators from 100 years ago.
Ephemera is what the collection of the stuff I use in my torn paper pieces is called.
Tapping deeply into the emotion of what looking at art does for me - can be almost a state of rapture when everything is just right. After decades of supporting my family as a self-employed illustrator, I needed to unhook my illustrator’s brain to really begin making my own art that is meaningful to me. Every time I picked up a crayon, a marker, or a paintbrush, I made recognizable images - I needed to escape from the demand of rendering imagery our eyes immediately recognize and categorize.
Tearing colored, translucent paper was my solution.
Take a look at some of my work There are dozens of little stories or Easter eggs waiting in each piece for you to find and enjoy. There are surprises, messages, and unexpected bits of this and that which relate to each other in intuitive ways - trust yourself and what you feel.
The best part about my torn paper art?
You bring your own stories to each piece.
I hope you consider buying a piece of my art or several for your home, office, or as a gift to inspire. Buy art from another artist or three. Buy real art from real people. Keep looking for the stories that whisper to you. Buy what inspires you. Have fun with it.