“Art is not a thing — it is a way.”
This quote is a small part of an excerpt from Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Teachers, by American writer/artist, Elbert Green Hubbard (1856–1915.)
And that’s exactly how I feel about art too.
We all need art in our lives. Right? We read, watch movies, visit museums and galleries, listen to music, garden, wear clothes, and eat delicious food. Also, there are haircuts, jewelry, and make-up. You get the idea.
Art makes our lives better.
You and I both know how overwhelming life can get. And let’s not even discuss world events these days. Ugh.
When I’m making some sort of art, I feel happy. And serene. Which is how I want you to feel when you see my work.
Welcome to my internet “house.”
So, hi, it’s me, Ani, and, well, you already know I’m an artist. I draw, paint, and sometimes make collages from my paintings. (For some weird reason, I enjoy cutting things out.)
Nature is my guide. Her charms and splendor are abundant and ever-changing. I can’t think of a more powerful muse for my “lighthearted art.”
But why? Why do I create art?
No fancy answer. Truthfully, I don’t know any other way. It started when I was tiny and continues.
But that’s not all there is to it.
Because I also write, cook, set tables, and like to arrange things around the house to make my surroundings aesthetically pleasing.
• I paint, but I’m not strictly a painter.
• I write, but I’m not strictly a writer.
• I cook, but I’m not a chef.
Who am I?
It’s simple really. I’m an artist. Someone who creates. Whether in the studio, or in the kitchen, I’m bringing my artistry to whatever I’m doing.
And I want to share it with you.
“Just the facts, ma’am.”
• I grew up making art — don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t draw. Always had a pencil in my hand.
• Art classes got me through high school, since I wasn’t the “popular” type.
• I was accepted to Massachusetts College of Art. My parents did not endorse this, but I went anyway (rebel tendencies.)
• Alas, being a horrible student, I failed my senior year (again with the rebel tendencies.) Imagine, if you will, my parents’ delight. I eventually graduated, but not with my class.
• After college, I accidentally became a graphic designer (self-taught) and eventually had a business, with clients mostly in publishing.
And now, a few fun tidbits
• I’ve lived in five houses on the same street — one twice, years apart.
• I love to make a dinner of all appetizers (here’s my cookbook.)
• My favorite movie is Jean Cocteau’s 1942 masterpiece, La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast.)
• Every fall, when the leaves change color, I have a leaf-painting frenzy.
• I have no willpower when it comes to popcorn. Zero.