6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary Page
I'm busy in my studio building new inventory for my upcoming show in Albuquerque, NM. I have piles of work in progress and am so anxious to get there and enjoy this wonderful show and town.
As I prepare new work, I feel like I am walking a bit of a tight rope between making what I think is quality, fine art and just making work that sells well. Of course, I want to sell a lot of artwork but I don't want to just make something commercial with no soul.
Since I began working on dictionary pages I have had all sorts of requests - some good, some really strange. I often think of those little personalized license plates for bikes that you used to find in convenience stores around the country. People would search and search to find their names. I made myself a promise that I would not create artwork like that. I love when someone has a personal connection with something I've created but I don't want the process to be all about making an assembly line of drawings that I'm not personally proud of.
My great grandfather was a country doctor in rural Oklahoma. I'd like to think this is a bit of a tribute to him.