A view of my booth at the Rittenhouse Square Art show this past weekend in Philadelphia. Sunny skies brought people out to the show and lots of people stopped by to view and talk about my work. I always enjoy having an open dialogue and answering questions from interested patrons (and artists) but one question in particular I find to be very intriguing..."so how long did it take you to paint that?"
I could just simply say that a piece of artwork takes anywhere from two to six weeks of my life to create, but there is so much more than just a time factor. Patience, perseverance, trial and error, and a deep desire to capture and preserve a moment in time through my art. Well before I enter my studio, before an idea is sketched, and before color is applied, it begins with my journeys in life.
Observing life as it happens and the things that make a place special enough for me to capture the essence of a moment in time. As I take these journeys, I am spending time drawing, painting, and honing my craft to be able to effectively express what I have to say through my chosen medium; pastels.
So, it is not a simple answer. I believe it has taken years to get to this place, here right now, where people find joy in my work. Perhaps it's the style with which I apply my pastels to the surface; representational, very detailed, which prompts people to ask that question because many who have entered my booth, often wonder if my work is "really pastel." So many people believe pastel compositions to be very sketchy, loose, almost like a drawing, because that has been their experience with the medium for the most part. I like to think that I take my work to the next level of representation, and I will continue to educate those on the beauty, lasting value, and stability of the pastel medium.