The Relationship Between Identity and Art


I remember when I first started painting.  Having pretty much no experience with art, I picked up a paintbrush at the age of 30 and just thought I would splash some paint on a piece of paper.  Today I am 39 years old, and lo and behold art and creativity have become a major part of my identity again.  In truth I have always been an artist.  As an archetypal pattern in my life I'm creative through and through.

Over the years I have learned to express myself through art.  For a long time I didn't have the skills to make whatever I wanted.  I remember back in 2012, making art every day.  I would always have a clear idea in my head but did not have the skills to actually create that vision and turn it into a clear representation of what I was trying to express.

How do you share your identity through your art?  For every artist it is different, and people have different agendas for creating the things that they make.  It's fascinating to see work by other artists because it tells you a lot about who they are below the surface.  Sometimes when I see perfectly polished cookie cutter art I think, there surely must be more there below the surface just dying to get out.  

If you are looking for more ways to express what is on your heart and soul, dabble in different mediums until you find one that really speaks to your spirit.  It is astounding how even choosing images from a magazine and gluing them onto a paper can express what is in your heart.  Sometimes trying new mediums can lead you to your true expression.  And sometimes not all art should be shared, sometimes keeping art journals that are just for you can give your soul a secret place where the page is witness to what is deep in your heart.  I have tons of collage journals that will never see the light of day, and it's so cool how much the collages speak to where I was at in those times in my life.

Everything you create says something of who you are inside!  Art styles change as you go through different stages of your life.