November 10, 2016

A Year Of Shows

14601130_872292769572822_2645657109557266876_nWell, I just finished up my year of shows with Forest City Comiccon. This is where everything began for me.

Ok, not everything, but the show thing.

I tell the story like this, and just like any good fishing story it gets a little more dramatic with every telling.

Once upon a time, there was a person who wanted nothing more than to be an artist. A portrait artist. She drew and painted like mad through school. She went to post secondary for art and walked away with three diplomas.

She also walked away from art because every teacher told her she wasn’t good enough. Oh, she painted all the time but always on the side. Never really seriously. Selling work and commissions quietly.

So she made a career with her second love: programming.

Fast forward 22 years, (that’s a lot of years) and the programmer is successful but not entirely happy. This is because she knows, really KNOWS, that she should be painting for a living. So she announced her intention to become a professional artist.

She took on a 30 days 30 paintings challenge. She knew she needed a body of work, consistent work.

20160805_115658When that was done, she wasn’t sure what to do with the paintings she had made. She wanted to sell at comiccons but she wasn’t sure. The voices from the past were saying things like “you’re not good enough| and “who do you think you are?”.

Out of the blue, with no application made, Forest City Comiccon called her and asked her to become an artist vendor.

Due to insanity, she said yes. She had 9 days to prepare.

That was last October.

It really only has been 13 months of shows and comiccons. Sixteen months since I decided to be the artist I was supposed to be.

20160515_095209This year has been epic. Meeting new friends and fans. Getting really good feedback on my work. Learning how to be the person I was always supposed to be. I was thrilled when I got a chance to wrap up my year at Forest City Comiccon again. Full circle. So sweet.

But now it’s time for new things. New adventures. All the art.

I’m now moved into studio and gallery space in Dorchester. I’m getting ready to teach side by side with my friend and colleague An-Marie Cheung. And ready to revamp social painting for the better.

Here goes everything!