Having the space to create, free from anyone’s constrains, is a dream. It is a
safe space that allows you to fail, learn and fail again. In that sense, it is a
creative laboratory where experiments are performed until the art “scientist” experiences success. It is a place that you can control, be organized or not organized to the level your art needs it to be. It can be the platform for influencing how your art comes to life. It is a place where you feel relaxed, inspired, protected. Sometimes I feel like artists are like performers who want to be in the spotlight,
but standing behind their art. Bringing your art to life where it can sometimes
take a life of its own. Hopefully it will move someone enough to want to see it on display in their home, office or
a public space.
My studio space is a combination of digital workstation, shop table with glue, blades, color sticks and a wood and paint shop. I am a solitary person and enjoy time with myself, being alone to create ideas, test them to a point
I think it should be brought to life. It really is a space to make what I choose. Sure, sometimes I can create a turd-like Frankenstein, but it is still mine. Here, in my art studio is a separation from anything out there, anything beyond
my doors. My art studio allows me to focus my brain to be creative. I can switch gears quickly on my art. I can
sit at my computer or stand in front of my chop saw, both give me freedom to create. Within all of this creative freedom, I need order as well. I want to have a sense of accomplishment each day with a list of things I want to do. Not all are done, but as long as I can see progress, I will bring order and progress within my art studio. I have
spent a great deal of time in my art studio during this pandemic and it has been a wonderful experience for me.
I have been allowed to create many new pieces. I have even had to create storage carts for the artwork. I have expanded my style to adapt to a variety of sizes, some large and now some very small. I have bee fortunate
enough to create art for friends and their families. I have been able to share art online through social media,
my website and a few galleries. I also made a connection through an online gallery (singulart.com) that exposed
me to a collector in the UAE and now I have a piece of art hanging in the Dubai World Trade Center. Certainly a highlight for me during this time. So, this space, my art studio will continue to help me create, thrive and share
art with other. I hope, like other artists, to have a time where we can open our studio doors and share our personal space with other creatives, friends and collectors.
So, why is an art studio important? It is important to facilitate, focus, balance, fail, succeed, build confidence,
organize a creative mind and most importantly, it gives my wife a place for me to be, out of her way
while she works and this makes us both very happy.
I also have to thank her for all she has done to support me in this effort and allowing me this wonderful,
sometimes messy, sometimes loud, occasionally smelly space.
This is why my art studio is important to me.