Q: Was there a defining moment, meeting, or event that convinced you to pursue an artistic life?

West 29th Street studio

West 29th Street studio

A:  There was not a defining moment per se, but looking back now, I’d say that because the Navy assigned me to a series of boring office jobs instead of letting me fly, I became determined to find a vocation infinitely more rewarding and more interesting to devote the rest of my life to.  I came to this realization over time, rather than in a single moment. 

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Barbara’s thoughts on art, the creative process, soft pastel, the inspiration she finds in travel, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and other wisdom for artists as we travel our solitary and sometimes lonely roads.

Posted on January 25, 2014, in 2014, An Artist's Life, Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Inspiration, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Photography, Studio and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Barbara: the moment surfaced back in 1950 when I was vocational planning. I wanted to go to university to study art and had all in order except the funds. As consequence, I decided another career path which included flying (flight instructor: private, commercial) technical work and management. After a 40 year detour I eventually arrived at university and did the 4 year arts degree. I have been practising art now for 21 years and don’t regret the great circle route I took to get here. I find myself focused on creativity solely with no distractions about being elsewhere.
    I’m assuming your naval career in many ways has proven to an be an asset in your current field. The skills acquired in planning, design, organizing, delivery and evaluation will no doubt be a decided asset and compliment your art work.
    Thanks and best regards.

  2. Wow what a great amount of color and cool looking studio to boot .

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