"Sarah and Sadie" This piece hangs in my home
After working as a graphic designer and before my life as a Mom and children's art teacher, I worked as a commissioned artist in Atlanta. To state the obvious, the great majority of my pieces were African American portraits. This was not something I had pre-planned. It just so happened that the audience that was most enthusiastic about my art at the time were African American. I did a few portraits for co-workers of my husband, and before I knew it, I had a steady stream of commissions. Clients would either give me photos or a general subject matter and I would go from there. I worked large, these are life-size works in charcoal.
I have been fully absorbed being a children's art teacher for the past 5 years and have not given much focus to my own art. My son is turning 18 next week, and I'm thinking this might be the perfect time for me to get back into" the game." Like many of you who have described having creative "blocks", I too have dealt with the same issues. I guess it's all a matter of baby steps and just "doing it" without over thinking and agonizing. And maybe by doing this post it will a motivator to spur me into action. :)