As an artist, I frequently hear the words “paint for yourself, not for others”. For the most part, I have found this to be sound advice. There is nothing more thrilling for me than that moment when I step back from a finished painting and know that I’ve nailed it. It’s a high like no other.
But, there is also something deeply satisfying when I can share this moment with fellow artists, and know that they “get it”. They know that a lifetime of education, hard work (often solitary) and exploration have gone into creating that finished painting. They know, because they have been on a similar journey. And so, while I continue to paint for myself, validation from fellow artists who can look at my work with an educated, critical eye has also become an important part of my process.
Over the past few years I have discovered, within the FCA, just such a group of fellow artists. Artists whose work, and work ethic, I admire. Artists who juried me to Active status, then into Chapter shows, and into shows at Federation Gallery. Artists who encouraged me to continue, especially on those days full of self doubt when painting for myself just wasn’t quite enough. To have now been awarded signature status by these artists is both a great honour and also great motivation to continue on this solitary, but very rewarding path. To them I say, “Thank you”.