"Blah, Blah, Blah", 2018, acrylic paint markers and oils, 33"x24.5"x2"
How did you get into debt?
I have two mortgages. I was renting my first house out to a former student to help him out. I was very forgiving with late and short payments, because I wanted to help him out. He cost me a lot of money and trashed the house. I am still working on recovering from that.
"Trio", 2018, acrylic paint markers and oils, 33"x24.5"x2"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I would love to make art full-time. My economic reality has prevented this. I love teaching, but the public school system is not the right way to teach art. If I were able to fund it, I would just make art all day and enable the kids who wanted to to make it as well. Currently, I am trying to get as much flexibility out of that system as I can. When I am able to retire, I want to work with the community to support artists of all ages. I want to offer education, space, and materials.
"Suspended Disbelief", 2018, acrylic paint markers and oils, 33"x24.5"x2"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I don't think so. I am extremely privileged to have enough to paint as long as I don't go nuts on other expenses. If I had a major surplus of wealth, that might change what I was doing.
"Looking Homeward", 2018, acrylic paint markers and oils, 33"x24.5"x2"