The Annunciation - Watercolor and Gold Enamel on Acid-Free Cotton Paper - Image Size: 28" x 19"
How did you get into debt?
Half is mortgage and home repairs, the rest is a carryover from years of my child's medical expenses, and my art practice.
The Artist - Watercolor and Gold Enamel on Acid-Free Cotton Paper - Image Size: 28" x 19"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My economic reality limits my ability to experiment with particular materials and work in a larger scale, thereby limiting my creative freedom. It limits my ability to apply to juried exhibitions, thereby limiting my ability to expand the market for my work. It limits my ability to attend in-town, or visit out-of-town, performances and museum exhibitions, thereby limiting access to inspirational experiences. However, it forces me to develop skills with the materials at hand, to educate the local community in which I exhibit, and to draw inspiration from within myself.
Evolution - Mixed Media on Acid-Free Cotton Paper - Image Size: 20" x 15.25"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I believe that all creative work is influenced by environment and practice. Debt limits access to some experiences and to better quality materials. It perpetuates a creative poverty loop in which artists create works using inexpensive materials that relegate their output to a low market value. Debt limits artists' access to view or submit to exhibitions, thereby limiting their access to interactions with a diverse audience. Such interactions feed the content of creative work. That said, yes, my work would look different as it would be better presented to a wider audience that influences it.
Remission - Watercolor on Acid-Free Cotton Paper - Image Size: 18" x 24"