After working nonstop for years on digital artworks, taking time off from the medium this summer felt like a good break. This change of pace ended up sparking some new creative energy in an entirely different medium.
At one time I wouldn’t have thought I could listen to podcasts while making art. Music, sure. Or silence, that’s also good. But people talking? How utterly distracting and antithetical to getting in the zone! Somewhere along the line, I had a change of heart about that.
I was probably about 13 when it happened. There was a teenage female model sitting on an elevated area on one side of the classroom while my art class drew and painted her image.
What does it mean to be a self-taught artist? I call myself one, but I only mean it in the sense that I am not formally trained as an artist.
Most of my art is created with the use of an electronic pen and pad and a computer monitor, and although it’s still hand drawing and I do love that medium, I had an itch for something more tactile. Plus, I just love the look of wood cut and linocut printing and of rubber cut stamps.