In 1989 and 1990, I visited artist Agnes Martin at her home and studio in Galisteo, New Mexico. Basically, I wanted to meet her, so I looked her up in the Santa Fe phonebook. When I called her, she invited me to come. My home and studio were on Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe, so it was only about a half hour drive. I think I brought her a flower on that first visit. I was surprised that her home was very simple, modest, small, and mostly unadorned. There was a small Woody Gwyn painting in the kitchen.Read More
"It’s really ecstatic. I just feel such joy that I feel transparent; and if there is a time when it’s a struggle, I have learned by now that you just stop and do something else, and if it never comes back, whatever the thought was, let it go...something else will come. It seems to me that creativity, creation itself, is joyous, and if it’s not really, you’re up the wrong creek."
I love that inspirational author Alice Walker donated her archives to my alma mater Emory University’s library, where I spent hundreds of hours during college. I quote her frequently, including in my dissertation on the arts.
"The starting point for my work is from the inexplicable, from the divine." Jean Arp
… the source of all creativity.