I won't go on about why I wanted to become an artist at 45, my reasons and everyone's reasons will be different. I'm willing to bet that something that we do share is this thought - Is it too late? I certainly asked myself that. I've been an industrial designer all my working life and now this? What in the world do I hope to achieve?
Short on ideas in the beginning, hoping to quickly develop my non existent style, I happened upon Dr.Ishihara's colour-blindness tests online and thought to myself 'wow these are designed to test if someone has a certain type of inability to see colour'. What a great way to illustrate my predicament.
The three paintings I eventually made says 'it's not too late' but myself and other viewers, colourblind or not, have to work hard at seeing the word 'not'. I hope my painting keeps reminding me to never stop squinting and always believe, It's not too late. Because it never is.
I once had a dream that people from the 'real' world regularly visited our 'virtual' world for entertainment. They arrived via fountain. I asked the tour guide what their world was like and he said "your virtual world is mostly based on ours except America is made up". To practice my new printing skills, I made three images from my dream.