Just Be You

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).

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About Anastacia Drake - Fine Artist

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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