Artist Statement on Giving
Do all the good you want, Right Now. i empower others to live their best life; with no strings attached, no selfie on the street corner, no social credit needed. that could be a dilemma as a businesswoman in these times of being seen (meaning if it wasn't posted on social media it doesn't count). i understand that people like to know what their money is going towards, what charitable cause a business supports or the company's stance on many social concerns and communities. the subject matter for my art could lead to many different programs related to women's rights, black history, or some element of nature and conservation. there are numerous organizations, making an impact in each of those segments on a local, national, global scale. and there is the flip side of that too, with others doing who knows what in the name of (... insert your cause here).
there are endless ideas that i have on how i can give away money. supporting local seems to be my thing, but not a rule. i'd rather skip the memberships and applications and help others within my reach. it's kind of like the pay-it-forward model, but without putting any expectation on the recipient to keep it going. maybe they would spread the love anyway, but that's none of my business. if there is a Want or Need, and i can meet it, that should be enough. i've been on the hopeful-recipient-end and have submitted for many opportunities that were a want (for my career) or other submissions that seemed like a dire need. interesting word-choice, with submission defined as "the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person" via google search dictionary (wow... just put that together as i typed this). anyway, i said some submissions seemed like dire need because somehow i made it through! but even with a well-intending for-profit (business) or nonprofit, the application process (although necessary for admin and accounting), they often left me feeling weak and hopeless. i will quantify by saying that i have hundreds of applications out there. i have decided that there is a better way, to do all the good things, at least for me, as a solopreneur. i can control my controllables. and the rest... i make the best of each day, to be kind and respectful, to give a few clicks and shares on instagram, leave a tip bigger than the meal... to just keep sharing the light!
so the exchange for my artwork, what about that, what else are you getting? it's exactly that. it's the exchange for the artwork that i have made from my hands. perhaps you know a little about me, my background, credentials, and my passions. or maybe the artwork sparked a reminder of something meaningful for you or a loved one. you see the art, what does it represent for you? for visual impairments, i can assist to describe it audibly. maybe it's an emotional response but not necessarily. you could be starting or adding to your own art collection or buying a gift for someone else. once you collect my work for your own reasons (win), you empower me to continue the work (win), inside the studio and out (win).
i have an entire collection of small format pieces that are great for unique gifts and décor to fit a specific theme in your space. for example, looking for a small abstract, a sweet bee, a vibrant floral, or a statement portrait (images of strength/beauty/diversity) to create your own salon-style gallery wall. and of course, all of the larger originals on canvas and paper. you can check out what i've just finished HERE. go ahead, do it...
"...sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within..."
~ partial quote from “Saint Francis and the Sow” by Galway Kinnell
~ photos: TaLisa Lopez-Garcia