Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Reply to Create to make a statement or sell? The great debate.

This is an interesting question. Each artist will have a different and usually very emotional answer.

Here, in short, is my answer to this question. I create for the sheer joy and pleasure of creating. I create for myself. For me, the creative process is spiritually personal and is a meditation. Being still and meditating allows the creative juices in me to start flowing. Creating my art allows me to be in the present NOW. I focus only on painting and allow all else to fade away. Worries, plans, I should do, etc. I attain a level of peace that I get no place else. Creating is a selfish act most satisfying. I create for me.

That being said, I humbly offer my paintings for others to see and hopefully enjoy. It is my wish that they find in my painting a sense of  beauty, peace, something that moves them, and a feeling of  'wow, I really like this' or 'jeez, what was she thinking?' I would hope the first reaction is obtained. Although, whatever one feels about my artwork is OK. They were moved in some way.  They may or may not purchase my work. Either is fine. If they do, I am always very pleased. If they do not, that is beautiful too because that was not the painting's purpose.

Casey Shannon