"On The Shores Of My Heart"
36 X 48 inches
oil on canvas
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about finding my voice, so I thought that was a great topic to kick off my blog.
The words voice and vocation come from the Latin verb vocare -- to call, or invoke. Todd Henry, of Accidental Creative, writes: "Our voice is the thing that is being called out of us in the midst of our work. It is the underlying why of our passion, even if we've never considered it. We must actively search for our voice, and clear a path for it to emerge. It is uncovered, not manufactured. We may not even like what we discover at first, but by embracing it we will position ourselves to occupy the unique space for which we're wired."
What resonates within me? What moves me and, in turn, spurs me to express myself through what I create? Am I being true to that, or ignoring it in lieu of what I think buyers and collectors might want?
Being true to your voice, is what makes your art authentic. And in the end, that's the most attractive thing you can do. "Follow your heart" is definitely not the best advice for every scenario, but as far as what to create, I believe it is.