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January 23, 2010

My Studio

The Vital Importance of a Studio Space

“I always prefer to work in the studio. It isolates people from their environment. They become in a sense... symbolic of themselves.” (Richard Avedon)

“You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark.” (Annie Dillard)

“Gather and hoard your inspirations as you live, then recapture them as needed in the studio.” (Nita Engle)

“The only thing I know is that if I get to my studio, that means I'm alive today.” (Robert Farber)

I love that my studio is in my home. It always has been, even when my “home” was a 400 sq. ft. apartment that I shared with another. One needs to always be able to work it is a vital outlet. Without the release, one may find a bottled up pressure cooker thing happening within….

The solitude can be intoxicating, especially after dealing with people all day as most of us do. The empty canvas or black sheet of paper in my case brings inspiration and desire to the forefront. Stepping into a familiar zone, one of safety and contemplation, challenging and frustration. All at once anything is possible, one just needs to start, get into trouble, see where the line leads. Be not afraid to move on, or figure out how to get out of the corner you have painted yourself into. No judges, no witnesses, censorship is in your hands. This time is vital to the artists well being, one needs to express in anyway they can, what they feel, how they see the world.