Never too late for a compliment.

“Are you the artist who was in the Waste Not, Want Not exhibit at Olive Hyde?
Your work consisted of plastic bags, toilet paper and receipts? I should
have written you sooner but that show really left an impression on me.”

tri city voice article imageImage from Tri-City Voice Archives (My work is the second image on the left hand side)  Read the full article HERE.

Leah wrote me a nice email about a week or so ago.  It was so great to get a random note from someone telling me they are thinking about my art.  An artist’s dream!  Ask any artist what they want to do with their work and generally speaking the answers are usually, inspire others to create, provide beauty to the world, or show that beauty exists in unlikely spaces, or send a very specific message to a viewer.  There are other reasons to create art and they are all valid.

I became an artist because of the feeling I got when I walked into a museum for the first time.  I thought to myself, if I could make just one person feel the way I feel right now with the work I make I will consider myself a successful artist.

It feels good when your work is well received.

Looking back it is kind of funny because I also received the worst comment to date at that very same show.  Someone told me that my prices were too high and that it diluted the message I was trying to send with my work.

As you can see all responses to an artists work are kept somewhere in their mind forever.

So, comment away folks.  Artists are bred for critiques.  We have to accept them.  The good ones feel so good and the “bad” ones feel really crappy for a while, but we always learn something from them.

Thanks Leah.

Check out what Leah’s currently working on by visiting her blog.

A little press love has been sent my way…

portraits printed on aluminum foil

RCC shows Berkeley artist

Berkeley artist Lauren Odell Usher is displaying her work at the Wiseman Gallery on the Rogue Community College campus. The exhibit, “Did You Wake Up This Morning,” runs through Aug. 28.

Usher uses linocut prints of everyday people on everyday items, such as bags, toilet paper, pillows and pizza boxes, to visually represent the value the mundane holds and the connections all people share.

Usher has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in studio art from John F. Kennedy University. Her work has been shown in California and in Florida.

If you happen to be near Grants Pass, OR in the next month or so, check out the show.  Would love to hear what you think.