The Reasons Why
Frequently, I am asked why I spend so much time doing demonstrations for groups. A few other questions are common as well. Is it hard work? Doesn’t it take a lot of time? When do you find time to make your own art if you are often doing demonstrations? Do you enjoy doing demonstrations? How do I get invited to offer demonstrations?
I will answer these questions so people will understand why I am so passionate about what I do.
I spend my time interacting through demonstrations because I feel art can cross all barriers; cultural, language, and income. I believe we all have an artist within us. It may not be with paint or pencil but perhaps voice or dance or perhaps in the culinary world. I would like to believe that children, given some inspiration at a young age, will find it easier to follow the passions that are within their hearts and believe in their own skills and talents. Because my chosen medium is so unusual, I think it will leave a memory that will endure. Maybe a few will use this as a springboard to further artistic expressions.
Is it hard work? that is a two sided answer. it is work, yes. but is anything really hard when you enjoy it and it parallels your passion?
Does it take a lot of time? the short answer is yes. And when offering exhibitions/demonstrations in another country the challenges increase many fold. Extended time away from home is difficult for certain. Financially, it is difficult as well. The time involved is often misunderstood. For a series of exhibitions with demonstrations such as I have accomplished in Bulgaria the work begins roughly a year before the departure date. The logistics are complicated, time consuming, and expensive. I will not go into to details here.
As for time to create art, yes this is certainly restricted because I am often in settings that will not allow the concentration need to create serious works. If I wanted to focus only on creating a huge body of work then I would indeed need to limit the time spent interacting with the public. This goes against my own beliefs. I feel one of my strong attributes is the ability to share through art. this as a talent that not everyone possesses so I feel I would be negligent if I ignored this ability.
I do enjoy offering demonstrations. especially when it is in a setting where the visitors can interact first hand. I don’t want to be put in a position where I am performing for crowds. I want to be interacting person to person so the experience is memorable. I feel this is how the biggest impact can be felt.
Invitations to demonstrate come mainly from word of mouth and maintaining strong relationships with the people from past interactions. Now that I have offered to interact with the public for a few years, I do little to pursue new opportunities.
I will continue to offer interactive demonstrations/exhibitions whenever I get the chance. and the ultimate answer to why i do this is answered in the photos below.