Hi Ericka... Why do I do art? For me that is both a profoundly simple, and a profoundly difficult question.
I began studying art at about 8 or 9... I could read by 7 so I guess that's a bit unusual. All the li
arians thought I was this weird, far-out kid carrying armfuls of books that weighed as much as he did every couple weeks. I deeply admired the technical mastery of Titian, David and all the great masters, but the Abstract Expressionists and Surrealists really lit my fire... to the point of saying to myself "this is what I want to do"!! Unfortunately, I internalized my mother saying just "get a job--get a job-- ad nausiam" so; to shut her up.. I did. Getting off the subject a bit..sorry.
I do art basically because I am compelled to do art... but not compelled to do it every day, which is my major shortcoming, if I have one. I need to work on that.
Art for me is always about something very specific, but that something is rarely overtly stated. I usually spend much more time thinking about a piece I want to do and why I want to do it, than I do actually creating the work; which is not to say all my work is always produced quickly or without frustrations. But I guess this isn't really telling you why I do art is it?
It is a deep seated need to be autobiographical in some sense, to tell the viewer something about how I experience and think about the world. In a sense it is my therapy... and I invite the viewer to participate in that therapy. Not always a pleasant thing. But at the end of the day, I always feel better; even if I'm not fully satisfied with what I've created. I can always edit later if need be.
May have left you with more questions than answers; but hey; $@#! happens some times
Perhaps more later.
all the best... BAReam