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I reject the title -- Woman Artist; and other cautions
I reject the title -- Woman Artist
There is Artist, and then there is Woman Artist
Artists command more respect and
higher prices than Women Artists.
You may title me -- Artist.
I will reconsider my position when the standards change.
I do not belong to a lineage of academic painters
I am self-trained.
Supported by scholarships for achievement in art, I received a BA in Art,
with a concentration in painting (straight A's). The university art departments
I attended (in the '70's) uniformly discouraged any exploration of a traditional
I taught myself about classical forms in drawing and painting. I visit the
great paintings to learn how they were done. The lessons found within these
works provide the highest quality education an artist could desire.
A few followers of academic/classical painting might disregard my work because
I never studied with any "pedigreed master" of academic painting.
They claim that knowledge must be passed from master to student; no other
means will produce a quality result. My response: My painting disproves
Traditional Western art, along with Nature itself, is the great source
of my inspiration.
My love for traditional Western art has never ceased, and I maintain that
the classical idiom is the ideal vehicle for a contemporary statement.
I don't tip my hat to any art dogma unless it serves the statement
I feel no compunction about introducing any visual motif, if
the statement seems to call for it. For example, I think Mark Rothko's paintings
are contemplative and spiritual, and I think I understand how and why this
is so. There are good reasons to go after effects like this, at times ...
and I do.
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