Where the Light Is, 2006, Oil on Panel, 12x16
And so, because I tend to be the obsessive type, I have spent the last few days trying to figure out how I should have answered a few of the questions that Patti asked me in the interview last Saturday. She asked me several questions that were not on the list that she gave me ahead of time. The one that has really been dogging me was when she asked about what kind of advice would I give to young people about pursuing art. In the interview, I prattled on about how going to art school was really valuable to me and how making many sacrifices, including time and income would probably be necessary, blah blah blah. While those things are true, what I really should have said was this:
Put your heart into your work. Period. Many other things are important, like an education, observation, talent, imagination and discipline, but learning how to be honest in my work has brought me many rewards. Not financial (I would have totally smirked here) although that is good, of course, but the utter joy of expressing myself and connecting with others through that expression. And the heart and the honesty is what makes that possible.
That is what I should have said.
What would your answer be?