I don't know what my life would be like without art. I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing; art has always defined me. Art is an outlet for my imagination that, however impractical, demands expression. I love cartoons, and from an early age would practice drawing from those that appealed to me, whether animated features like Disney's "Robin Hood" or "The Secret of N.I.M.H.", or from comic strips like Garfield, or coloring books (I loved coloring books! Especially Masters of the Universe ones!); I wanted to develop my own style combining all the elements I liked from disparate sources. I don't know why I have always felt compelled to make things up - especially those that no one else ever sees or would understand - but art helps me make sense of the world, to synthesize my experiences and feelings. And the act of creating my own worlds and characters is simply fun!
I discovered this Sketchbook Project at a time when I was struggling with feelings of rejection and hurt. I saw the project as an opportunity to work through those feelings constructively and creatively. I wanted to present a story that is autobiographical, but could also apply thematically to anyone who has ever felt lonely or hopeless. I also wanted the story to be implied and open to interpretation. The theme, "Long Stories with Short Endings", seemed very appropriate since there are allusions to the characters having long stories - which, indeed they do; some were created decades ago to entertain myself and provide practice as I drew their adventures on bits of scratch paper and in sketchbooks. The "Short Endings" are what make up life; I often lose perspective and believe that bad times will last forever, when in reality, everything changes.
So, despite being a personal journey, I hope that my sketchbook engages and inspires the imagination the way that other artists have mine. That's what motivates me as an artist: the potential to influence, encourage, and entertain.
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