I’m always thrilled to find a soul willing to follow a path to the arts after a life in the more “stable” professions. How many of us recall parental cautions against trying to make a living in art.?
“If you want to minor in studio art – fine – but PLEASE, major in something that will pay the bills.”
So, the increasing appearance in our field of “second career artists” makes my heart sing. For me at least, it reconfirms what I knew even as a small child: art matters. The act of artistic creation validates one’s being and more than justifies the sacrifices entailed.
Of course it’s not an easy track financially, but many of us would agree that other returns make it well worth the effort.
Like residencies in forests in the middle of nowhere….
Like having time to think about the Really Important Stuff…
Like making lots of really cool friends to talk art with…
Like the chance to get out of The Suit…..
Again, congratulations, Bob. I loved reading the article and seeing the terrific places you’ve gone since I first saw your work in e-merge back in 2004! Just wish I could be in DC for your Open Studio next weekend.
(And, thanks to Steve Immerman and Kim Brill for all the great photos that I snagged off your residency page.)