George GoodwinKilburne (1839-1902)
It seems if you have a creative nature, that instinct will find a way. And in as many ways as possible. Many visual artists are also musicians or writers or actors. For almost as long as I have been drawing and painting (since childhood), I have also loved to express myself by writing. Sometimes the writing has taken the form of poetry; sometimes I have written newspaper columns about people. Over the years, I've also been lucky enough to combine those two passions by writing about art and other artists.
Interviewing and writing about other artists gives me the perfect excuse to meet artists I might not meet any other way. I love hearing the stories about their artistic journey, their inspiration, their challenges and successes. Each artist is unique and yet, we speak the same language. As well, being an artist (or writer) can often be a solitary pursuit, and meeting another artist is a welcome opportunity to talk to others who understand and share that same lifestyle.
I also believe art collectors and all those who are touched by another's creativity, enjoy hearing the story behind the artist. Appreciation often deepens when understanding grows, and connections are made that might not exist without that background knowledge.
Currently I am interviewing artists from The Prow Gallery, sister gallery to 14 Bells Fine Art where my own art is available. It's a joy in every regard meeting these artists and I am always grateful and humbled by their willingness to share from the heart. Check it out here: Breaking the Surface.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art