Some times when I wake up in the morning I can't paint. The information just isn't there, the spark, the fire, the color palette is just out of reach. It's not ever for lack of "want" to work or create. My bones ache for that extension of my arm. However, I've recently felt the need to write this disclaimer. As the demands (insert pat on back) for my (reasonably priced) artwork (need to increase prices but HATE the idea of it) increase I'm finding that some days the pressure pushes me outside into the mountain air. Once I'm outside there's pretty much nothing that's going to make me come back inside and work. Note: these days are rare but they do happen at least once or twice a week and aside from the art they are what keep me sane. (well...as sane as I can be which is pretty insane).
I've needed to say this for a long time but never have the balls to because I think I will lose work because of it. I don't want to paint people I know. Ever. I can. I will but I do not want to. Mostly because I love you and I'm pretty sure I'm going to paint you like Beavis and Butthead first round. Then, I'm going to stress out for a day or two then I'm going to nail it but this process is MUCH more intense then most paintings and I should charge TRIPLE but I don't...but since I'm admitting this I'm certain if you want a portrait you will accept the price. Thank you.
I hate shipping. I hate making boxes. I hate tape that picks up my hair off the floor and then puts my DNA all over the world (second only to the fact that I'm a whore...geez). Sometimes you need to give me a few extra days because the idea of shipping makes me drink. Drinking makes me crazy(er) and the crazier I am the longer I drink and well..you get it. If you need it fast just let me know.
I don't make the maps. I wish I did. I just use them in the art and finding maps is getting harder and harder so if you want a specific location like your exact town you probably need to find it for me or please be patient with me. I'm happy to find it for you it just may take a bit of time.
The reason why I am able to keep my prices so low is because I WANT to. It's important to me that I can offer to you affordable art. I live a very simple, excess free life so that I can do this. It is also my choice to have minimal footprint on this planet. I use a lot of found materials. People give me maps (thank you!) and I hustle and sling so that I can do this for you. It's my honor...there are NO complaints in this - I just want to note that sometimes wood gets banged and maps get ripped. It is in the imperfection that I find the beauty. If you ever receive anything you don't love I'm more than happy to do whatever it takes to make sure your vision is heard and honored.
There is no such thing as an art emergency. xo