TO THE ARTIST

 

Sometimes it feels like the only people who understand my language are artists.  And I don't strictly mean people who apply paint to canvas.  Any profession can employ artists.  They bake bread.  They teach children.  They design homes.  They cook.  They make music.  Pablo Picasso said, "The chief enemy of creativity is good sense." I seem to avoid good sense like the plague!  I detest facing realities like paying bills, making appointments.  Don't get me wrong: its takes a certain amount of "good sense" to get the actual work done (in interior design it can be the ordering of materials, managing the budget, communicating to the client that what I'm proposing will, in fact, look good in the end!).  I enjoy that work when it's bringing me to that place where all the elements of the room are put together and my original vision comes to life.  I am extremely determined and appreciate that part of the process.  What makes me who I am is the language in my head: it is a river of creativity, constantly ebbing and flowing, looking for a way to express itself.  Artists of any profession know what I'm talking about.  We simply HAVE to create and push the boundaries of our creativity.  When I create something that makes me feel alive and the non-artist looks at it and scratches his head, it can be disheartening.  But through the shared experiences of other artists I have found that head scratching could mean I'm getting somewhere.  As author, Cesar A. Cruz put it, "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

Life gets busy.  I'm a mother to four children and I know I'm living the best years of my life.  But even as I change diapers and fold laundry, the river of creativity has continued to course through me.  And so I have kept on creating, using whatever time I have.  One creative outlet for me is art, either through drawing or painting.  It is a very direct way of expressing myself.  Thoughts and emotions begin to build on the paper or canvas the instant the marks are made.  Another creative outlet for me is designing spaces for people to live in.  There are many facets to interior design and I think that's what I love about it.  There are so many mediums and they change their look depending on how they're put together.  I love the juxtaposing of an antique mahogany gateleg table paired with cool and modern Bertoia chairs.  The same table in a house loaded with antiques would lose its interest and blend into the background.  But the lightness and clean lines of the Bertoia chair highlight the table's history and craftsmanship.  How cool is it that you can create art that is LIVED in? That enhances a client's life on a daily basis?

My goal in creating this blog is to not only share my work and help people to create homes they'll love, although that's definitely part of it.  But to those artists that feel misunderstood, that feel like no one comprehends their language, I want you to know you're not alone and I get you.  Keep creating and exploring.  You are the one thing that you have that nobody else has!  So express your vision.  Write your story.  Create as only you can.