Have you ever wondered: How does one end up as (or become) an Artist? What characteristics or traits and what events in their lives have led them to their creative journey? What makes an artist tick? How are they wired? How do they think? What motivates them and keeps them going...?
After being asked those questions hundreds of time, I thought it was the moment to share a few insights into how and why I turned to art, became an artist, and have made art all my life. For me, it was a series of choices...or perhaps I really had no choice at all. Regardless, I would not change a thing or any step in my art journey. I have an innate need to create, to think, to question and ponder, and to explore and experiment. I love traveling and reading and writing. Most recently, a trip to Ireland unlocked new interests...and could even result in a new landscape series in time. Everything in life is food for thought and material to incorporate into my work. Even my insomnia contributes to it and is testament to my active and analytic mind.
I am a 'people person' and I love learning about people, their lives, and their backgrounds. Their stories fascinate, move, and inspire me. Connecting with people - even passing strangers in a grocery store line - teaches me about them and about life itself...and leads me to contemplate life and motivations, relationships and emotions, and most of all: the ties that bind one to another.
What defines or helps shape our style of relationship-building begins when we are children. Everything revolves around those formative years, our social network and support (or not) systems. While growing up, we shape our mind, hearts, and souls; our needs are defined...and so is our will. My life inspired me to push myself beyond my roots and fears and limitations. I bet your life has done the same for you.
|French Classes led me to the International Club in High School, which led me to make my Can-Can costume and dance onstage at the Club's big event. Who knew??... I don't think my Mother ever recovered...|
Following is a short version of my story of how I became an Artist:
Her Dreams Become Her
|Elaine Weiner-Reed (EWR) - "Grace" - Clay Bas-Relief|
let me know if my story speaks to your own or inspires you in some way.
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