When not working as an artist I become anxious and irritable. I have been painting for 44 years and learned long ago to give up fear: fear of wasting paint, of making a mess, of being alone and inferior to thousands of artists I love, fear of not making money and spending too much on materials, and most of all the fear of not receiving praise or validation.
I didn't start painting until I was 26 years old. Though thrilled with my first daughter, I needed something to do with my excessive energy. An artist friend encouraged me to paint with her and thus began my art obsession. At that time I was living in South America. When I returned to the USA, I received a second BA in Studio Arts.
Working as an artist is both exhilarating and frustrating. The good news is that without the frustration, my work would remain stagnant.