|Posted on August 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM|
"The Fruit is Not the Seed"
Best in Show
I am so proud to announce that I have won Best of Show with my painting "The Fruit is Not the Seed". I am so fortunate to have been a part of Big Bend Cares in Tallahassee, Florida.
Artopia is a great Art Show Fundraising event that this year raised $97,000!
Big Bend Cares raises funding for those living with HIV in the Tallahassee area to help with things like medical costs. I was honored to have been chosen as "Best in Show" and filled with giddiness because both paintings that I donated were sold. I hope that the people who own that work will enjoy it as much as i enjoyed making it! To find out more about Artopia or to donate to Big Bend Cares. Check out their website below.
I am always searching for a deep connetion to my surroundings. As a child, I can remember always looking to find meaning in everything. I was a spiritual child. I always knew that I wanted me to be an artist. I had my doubts as I grew up and had the world to contend with. I had very encouraging parents, but unfortunately, I lost my faith in their opinion at an early age. I remember thinking that they only knew that I was persistent with my efforts at improving my drawing skills, but that they don't understand what I am really pursuing as an artist. Let's just say, that I became a master at patting myself on the back for my accomplishments. I don't remember needing approval for anything. That attitude is still pervasive in my work. I basically have no one's voice but my own in my head, and my biggest challenge as a grown up artist, is to calm down and ask for help.
"The artistic soul connects to the world in a different way. It is always interesting to see what kind of representation or interpretation the artist creates. It will always be ever-changing though, because nature and life are always ever-changing. The artist interprets and depicts the world as he or she sees it, feels it, and knows it to be."