Holding on For Life
11.5" x 15.5", watercolor, ink and mixed media on paper & clay board, sealed in varnish, framed in white 14"x18"
Made in Emeryville in 2018 during what I would call a mad rush too reclaim my place what ever fine art higher council that might exist. After four years of not being able to walk I dragged my to Ashby Bart Station where I had secured a small working art studio @ Energy Art Studio's. I made an amazing body of work there, but then three months in it was closed in once again I was without an artistic home. The images that camera from Energy Art Studio were inspired and damn near brilliant & I was surrounded by real artists once again, Now it did not last but I have the images I made there to show what I did before it was turned in high end condo'd and offices. I worked day and night everyday ... because I wanted too, I needed to. To prove to myself that I was still just as good as prior to my medical surgeries, if not better. Turns out I was better than before even. When Every Arts closed I was beyond sad, being it was the last place I could really afford and it was a real made "by artists for artists" kind of a place. This piece specifically I wanted it to look old like it had been lost in WWII. The title is trite but I was still at the point in the summer of 2018, still holding on for dear life. I had had four hip replacements, was trying to heal & create at the same time while holding onto the faith in my heart; that this is my job ... and I won't back down or give up, ever.