This interest in art is not new for me: but a gradual fascination of different inspirations all around me and the journey I have taken throughout my life.
When I reflect on my life, I see how it has shaped me through the choices I have made and directions I have taken. From the time I could think, I have always had an infatuation with art and my chosen profession, both existing as one. Each of them very different but defining me today as that person. For nearly 30 years I have only made art through a predefined set of ‘rules’ that related directly to my profession. I have used art to create for my clients, to fulfill student expectations (completing Fine Arts major) or to create content for work required projects. For me art & work are a place where questions are asked, goals are set, and lines are blurred. This has required me to follow the rules and try to figure out what is expected of me. While this type of formal training builds valuable skills, it has confined my creativity. I need art – but I also want to work and support individuals with special needs – both strong callings. How do I connect the two while setting boundaries? In not wanting to lose myself in the ‘rules’ and without ever really understanding my role as an individual when it comes to creating art that reflects my personal mantra, I have begun to emerge as a ‘new’ artist. Only when I made the transition to create pieces of art with paper and glue, have I begun to understand what it means to truly feel like an artist, creating as an outlet instead of a means. (Thank you Amanda for your help)
Images of Ron Regamey at a very young age.