Watch tower with a blue door, 09/18, Coil built stoneware piece, 13" tall.
How did you get into debt?
It is a long invoved story. At one point my artwork was selling at around $30,000. Around 2008 it dropped to $1500 a year. I built up some debt anticipating sales that didn't happen, and I lost one gallery that was in a major art market. We took out a second mortgage on our home to cover some home improvements and cover some credit card debt from unanticipated expenses.
Blockhead 3, 01/18, coil built stoneware, 9" tall
How does your economic reality effect your art?
In some ways not having to think about selling my work has freed me to pursue what I want to do instead of worrying what others might think. The down side is that I have to spend more time and energy non-creatively to make ends meet. There is not always enough of me to go around. My artwork suffers.
A little birdie told me, 01/17, coil built stoneware, 18" tall
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Instead of having to work to pay off loans I would be able to devote more time, focus and energy to my work. It would allow me to develop my ideas more fully.
Clown, 01/17, coil built stoneware, 16" tall