Artist Connie Erickson

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Artist’s Statement
“I am not interested in art as a means of making a living, but I am interested in art as a means of living a life” from The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
This statement and the entire book influenced me greatly, when I first started studying art seriously.  Not until I began devoting my life full time to art did I know how rich a statement it was.  Art has helped me see and appreciate all of life more fully.  It has been a journey of spiritual growth, of trust, of appreciating the wonder I see in creation, of being a vessel thorough which I can carry that wonder and appreciation to others.
In 1984, I made a resolution to become a portrait artist.  Or perhaps, I was chosen to be an artist.  It seemed to be my mission in life, the way I could contribute, give meaning, to enlighten both others and myself.  It is said to “watch out what you wish for, you might get it”.  All the wonderful artists of the past and my contemporary teachers have challenged me to excellence.  That pursuit has at times been a struggle, the way rough, but as I conquered each new challenge my confidence grew, only to become aware that there was yet more to learn. It has become more and more apparent to me in this technological age, that working directly from life is the most instructive, inspiring, and enriching way to work.  When I do so, which is not always possible, I really can sense a connection to creation.  Titian, the famous Italian artist, said when he was ninety years old.  “I believe that I am beginning to know how to paint.”  How true!  The more I know,  the more I know there is more to learn.
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