In case you're wondering why I chose such a format for my website…
Why would an artist decide to expose her thoughts, feelings, and personal childhood memories instead of just showcasing her art? Obviously it's because I knew you would enjoy discovering what an awesome and special person I am…
The truth is that I feel that one of the major reasons why so many people are not interested in art in general and in modern art in particular is because they are not connecting with contemporary artists. Granted, that many of us, artistic people, come across as pompous and self-absorbed beings, which is hardly a resume enhancer in the eyes of our down-to-Earth audience. Furthermore, the majority of modern artists' web sites seem rather dull (no offense to other artists). I just don't see how a person not interested in art to begin with could possibly feel a connection to an artist whose web site contains a few works of art accompanied by a short bio or resume.
I personally feel that I have a better appreciation of a piece of art when I know the story behind its creation or know some personal information about its creator. That's why I decided to incorporate my world into my web site. My art is a celebration of my life, my spirit and my intellect. I am my art and my art is I. Therefore, it's only natural that my online art gallery should be a reflection of that. Each one of my paintings is a little journey in a labyrinth of my life with my website as its map. I wouldn't dare to presume that people will find my reality as something über-exciting, but I still hope that I might be able to at least ignite a spark of interest in art in people who don't seem to connect to modern artists...
P.S. Sometimes people wonder if I feel vulnerable by exposing bits and pieces of my life to total strangers. My life journey has been filled with so many (dare I say character-building?) events, that I was able to shed any concern as to how other people perceive me. However, I also have an ulterior motive for being so open about my life. As someone who had to overcome a variety of obstacles to find peace I'm hoping that by sharing some of my experiences I might be able to help someone else to feel less alone or less concerned with their problems, (if only for a moment).
"Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art."
"A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."