For years I’ve been curious about the New York Art Expo. I’ve wondered if it’s something I might want to do. There’s a lot of publicity around it. About 35,000 people attend in a weekend and people come from all over. I decided this year I would go check it out.
As soon as I made the decision I also called an artist friend I met 11 years ago in Budapest at an art residency who now lives in NYC. She runs the Women’s International Artist’s Salon and is connected to many female artists in the New York region. To my surprise she asked if would like to give an artist talk the weekend I was there because it just so happened to coincide with the monthly meeting.
I said yes without thinking about it. Then I got nervous. What am I going to talk about to a bunch of other artists? New York artists!? (As if geography made it different somehow).
I finally decided that I would just be me. I have never liked the pretentious side of art. I am just me. Kansas girl who loves the country, has big city dreams, and loves to travel, and painting keeps me sane.
My talk couldn’t have gone better. I spoke about how my art has evolved over the years into using texture in my paintings, and the transformational moment that pushed it in that direction.
I was approached after with hugs and some thanks. The moment someone told me that I inspired them, I knew why I was there. That is my biggest wish, to inspire others to shine their light and to just be themselves no matter how scary it might be sometimes.
I met so many amazing artists on this trip. I came back with lots of new ideas, inspiration for new paintings, marketing objectives, and lots of new creative friends. (I will share a video of my talk as soon as it is posted on YouTube).