It’s official everyone — I am now a famous artist…
Ok, ok, maybe not quite ‘famous’ but I was most definitely the cover story for SA Life Magazine’s SALA 2016 edition, and I’m the first to admit that I am proud as punch about it!
It might seem a bit obnoxious (or maybe not such a big deal for some…?) but for me this was a BIG step-up in my artistic career. Before SALA this year, art was not my main priority. Yes, it has always been my love, but I have never taken it that seriously — never identified myself as ‘an artist.’ I think lots of artists struggle with the simple sentence ‘I am an artist’ because they worry that it sounds up-themsleves or a bit vague. I never called myself an artist for these reasons but since getting more into my art in the past year, I have realised that I always HAVE been an artist — from the moment I picked up a paint brush in Kindy.
Leading up to SALA, I was reading lots of books about creative living and how to push past barriers and start believing in what you do (if you ever feel like flicking some pages, read BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert). I was looking at creative business ideas and putting plans into place to ensure that art stays prominent in my life. By the time SALA Festival hit, I was inspired, excited and ready to say ‘yes’ to any artistic opportunity that came my way. I also moved in with my boyfriend, who was a big sweetie and bought me a beautiful new art desk to put into my new art studio at our house. So now I have an art studio AND an artist profile in SA Life Mag — that makes me an official artist, right? 😉
It’s a scary feeling saying ‘yes’ to a creative career, because creative careers are risky things and are inconsistent. But I love art. I realise that and I know it is what makes my life sparkle. Seeing my photo in SA Life Magazine just reiterated the approval that I have finally given myself — and HELLLL YES I am excited about it! I’ve got lots of projects ready to go once SALA finishes, and I can’t wait to see where they take me 🙂
To check out my SALA solo exhibition, f l o r a, click here. I have also been a part of a group exhibition for this year’s festival — stay tuned for the blog post, coming soon.