Throughout my youth, I knew I wanted to be an Artist. It was the only thing I wanted to do. All my plans were geared toward it.
Life had other ideas.
So.. long story short, I built a career hoping to switch to an Art career later. I completed two degrees for that business career: a BS in Business and later, an MS. Neither was a degree I wanted. I longed to take Studio Art courses.
Not giving-up on Art altogether, I worked to build a portfolio by creating ink illustrations for publications, still dreaming of one day switching to an Art career, and pursuing a Fine Arts degree. I was published and won awards for my work.
Yet, switching to an Art career did not happen.
So by the time I met the person I most admire in my life, who became the love of my life and my husband, my dream of being an Artist was broken, and I produced no Artwork for a decade. Although I never painted, and I was no longer producing any Art at all, my husband believed in me and supported me.
Following him to an overseas assignment, I took advantage of an overseas Art History program and completed my third degree - but this time it was one I enjoyed. Additionally, the program's Art field studies kicked-off visits to amazing museums around the world: the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Tate Modern, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Picasso Museum, the Hermitage, the Louisiana, the Pompidou Centre, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Vienna), the Belvedere, the National Galleries of London and Wash DC, and more.
Through this indoctrination into Art History, the European travel, and the inspiration and support of my husband, my inner Artist was awakened; I had a new and matured interest in being an Artist, and an Art vision that was changed by my life experiences. I was An Artist Recreated.
So I decided to paint a painting for my husband. I presented it to him at his birthday party and it was a huge success - not just because he loved it, and it lead to commissions, but because it gave me a boost in my confidence, and at last I had put paint to canvas. I'd broken through the blank canvas hurdle.
Here is the painting I painted, gift bow and all: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=333471600033467&set=a.117234874990475.7057.112252695488693&type=3&theater
After that mini-exhibition, I realized that having an audience could keep me inspired and might even provide some feedback and encouragement, so I stood up an Artist page in Facebook so people could cheer me on, and provide constructive criticism. I've had only one painting class in my life, taken after that first painting for my husband - but sadly the professor provided no instruction. So I am learning completely on my own. Your comments are welcome and appreciated! I hope you will see improvements in my work, and visit my Art page: https://www.facebook.com/An.Artist.Recreated