I recently paged through an article questioning the nature vs. nurture argument for creativity. Are people born with it? Is it cultivated during the child's upbringing? The article rested on the marriage of the two. I am inclined to agree with that union. Artistry entangles itself in the roots of my family tree as I have relatives practiced in painting, architecture, ceramics, photography, fiber, wood working, and so on. My grandmother used to say that creativity runs through my blood and I will thank, not only my ancestors, but the immense support I've been lucky enough to find throughout all of my schooling and personal projects.
I graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art (concentrating in darkroom photography) and K-12 Education. I went on to teach in a private and public school system, though as much as I enjoyed being in the classroom, I very much missed the act of creating art.
Currently I am taking some time to get back into the studio and embark on an art fueled adventure. This includes a few long overdue trips, the search for a new studio, and a dive into new art mediums. I keep hearing people say they wish they could tell their younger selves to take a leap and get the heck out there.
I'm telling my young self to do that right now. Let's see what happens...