Mark I-IV: The Why Behind the Paintings

As promised, I'm diving into what inspired each piece in my series Mark. All of this is a pretty nerve-racking experience for me. I'm putting the most personal side of me out for all of the world to least, all of who is reading this. There's that pressure that everyone talks about to constantly post your "highlight reel" on social media or a blog like this but also be incredibly vulnerable. So usually what you get is a beautiful photograph with an intense comment about how that person got into a car wreck, or just had an anxiety attack, or their dog who should be out of the puppy stage isn't and it's really stressing them out in brand new ways they didn't know as possible. What I'm learning though, is can be really nice to read that someone else had a breakdown over their coffee spilling on them too. Just don't forget to share your missteps with people you're actually interacting with. It'll open some doors for new friendships. 

I'm getting way off topic though...onto the paintings!



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Why I Paint

I think that many people wonder why people create art work. What drives them, why did they choose to pursue this, where does their inspiration come from? I can't answer these questions for the creative whole, but I can answer one of them for myself. Check out this video by Emily Armistead to learn a little bit of the "why" behind my paintings.