Pieces of Me

Someone asked me today if I get attached to my paintings and if they are hard for me to part with. I actually get asked this question a lot but never really know the right answer to give. The real answer is no. That comes with an explanation though.

Even though to many it probably just looks like I’m painting trees, there’s a lot more there. Painting saves me. I process and work through things in my paintings. My pain, my confusion, my happiness, my passions. Everything is there. In fact, I don’t share the stories behind the paintings, but they all have a story. I can tell you exactly what is in that painting if you were to pick one out. They are all dear to my heart, but I don’t have any I can’t part with. The truth is, I love them all. They all are apart of myself. It seems every time I paint a new one it becomes my “favorite”. I don’t feel the need to hold on to them though because I am always moving forward.

The best part to me is when I get to hear other people’s interpretations of my paintings. It brings a great joy to my heart when observers tell me what it makes them feel. What they don’t realize is that we are connecting on a level they can’t see or feel.

It will also explain why my styles is always evolving and I don’t always stick with the same genre. My paintings are a reflection of me and what is going on in my life. I’m evolving and so my work will. I’m so grateful to have an outlet that gives me a safe place to process and work through my world.

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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