I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this yet but my studio is in a warehouse filled with other artists in Winter Park, Fl. Mine is a relatively smallish space that is cold in the winter and hot as a quasar in the summer but what it lacks in comfort, it more than makes up in inspiration. I’ve been with this group of 20 artists now for over 10 years and though a few have come and gone, the core group has remained and we are family. McRae Art Studios is a varied collective of highly talented artists (www.mcraeartstudios.com if I don’t get the link to work) ranging from representational to abstract to sculpture and photography and it’s both an honor and an inspriation to be a part of this group. Each day I go into studio I walk in to the spaces of Steve Bach, Don Sondag, John and Lynn Whipple, Donne Bitner and anyone else who has their door open to see what they are up to. It always gets my juices flowing and makes me want to create even more.
I bring this up because I love to watch the way Steve problem solves with paint, editing and altering on a grand scale as he goes. John is currently working on a series of black and white drawings for a book that really blow me away ( I want one) and bring to the fore the very high level of his ability. Don’s working on a series of grid paintings that are coming along like a magic drawing board. Mathew Cornell is never there because he works at home so I have to wait every couple of weeks to see what amzing thing he brings in…Lynn always has something new and is so friggin inventive and fearless, if there were an artist superhero it’d be her. I learn so much just being there and it has really raised the bar for me. If you ever have the opportunity to join such a collective, do it. Or join a painting group, enter a painting event, get to know your fellow artists. The gains are so worth it.