This winter I have worked with a wonderful art consultant, who has put me to task and made me focus. She has taught me to question where I want my art to take me and vice versa, and to consider how it is presented and how I represent myself. It has been an eye opening experience, still in progress. Specific things are already put in place — I now have an updated resumé, an artist statement, fresh photos, and an actual plan for approaching galleries and applying for residencies and grants.
But the most rewarding thing about the process, has been coming to terms with the work I do, and to learn not to shy away from my intentions. Before, when asked, I would say that I make art because I want to create something beautiful. The truth is that I make art because much of what I notice around me is beautiful. By portraying details of my surroundings, I bring attention to the fragility and the preciousness of the ecology and environment we live in.
I am an environmentalist, but that feels like a political description that doesn't mesh with my work. I want to celebrate nature by observation rather than manifestation. My intent was always there. Now I feel confident putting it into words. I think I have found my identity.