I was absolutely blown away when I had the recent opportunity to partake in an interview for Rue Magazine's "Rue Daily." The interview focussed on the realities of being an artist. I was not only so appreciative of the chance to be featured but really loved the questions they asked - they have a way of really getting people's wheels to spin.
Almost six months ago, I left my day job to chase a dream. A dream entailing a life as an artist in the South Carolina lowcountry. The creative energy that flows wildly through the historic streets of Charleston did nothing but propel me to take a deep breath, hitch a ride and hold on for dear life. In almost no time, I discovered the best part of this journey is the people. Plain and simple. I really believe that once you start following your passion, incredible people and opportunities are placed in your path.
Hip. Hip. Hoo. Ray. I am assuming this means I am finally an adult? Ehhh. After months of ewing and ahhhing over sources of inspiration for a business card on Pinterest, these are what came about. Each card was hand dipped in indigo ink and indigo dye creating different levels of hues and incredible sparkly touches.
Just like that, it was time to string the Christmas lights, Amazon Prime all the last minute presents you forgot to order, and begin temporarily replacing your green smoothies with eggnog. This holiday season, I was thankful to have several friends commission me to do several pieces for them. The most fun part? Packaging. Packaging has always been something I have been interested in and I believe is an integral part of the consumer experience. 2015 will bring many wonderful things, a serious package design project being one of them.
Occasionally, I hit it big in the realm of house-sitting. When this happens, I pack up my paints, brushes, and crazy creek so I can spend the weekends painting dockside. There is really nothing like salty air and views of the Carolina marshes to energize and inspire you. The paintings featured in the image above are examples of color studies and timed paintings I often practice to get back in the swing of things. My favorite author, Pat Conroy, says it best,
“Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.”
After a long period of time knocking on the door of Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, South Carolina I finally received an email saying I was in! Thank. The. Lord.
Redux is a hot spot in the South for emerging and established artists like Teil Duncan, Katie Long Stevenson, Lulie Wallace, Raven Wilson. It is incredible to me that these ladies are not only doing what they love, but they are making waves, to say the least. I knew it would be a huge privilege and learning opportunity to be around them each day! Please also notice that I said ladies . . . yep, you heard me. Redux is predominantly women - and they are killing it! Watch out world!
So I am so thankful for the opportunity Redux has given me and their hospitality. I have also come realize the importance of art supporting non-profits like themselves. I wouldn't be able to make moves without their backing and support.