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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Making of an Artist: The Ten Second Introudction

WE SHOULD ALL PRACTICE  the 10-second introduction. I have learned that you can hold a person's attention for that long before his or her mind starts wandering. Below is the best I have come up with, and I must say, I feel a little like Robert Di Nero in Taxi practicing "You lookin' at me?"  Here goes:

"I'm a painter. I explore and rearrange the beauty of the natural world, fusing humanity with nature. The end result is more beautiful than each of them alone. Would you like to be rearranged?"

Castle in the Sky, mixed media on linen, 36 x24 inchesMMMMMMMMM

Most likely Di Nero would have said, "You lookin' to be rearranged?" OK, OK! I might not use the last sentence. I have to ask my coach.
I'll use the above or a similar image on a card to handout to all of the people who ask, "What do you do?" Because, we all know that a picture is worth 10-seconds worth of words!


  1. That's also known as an "elevator pitch" because that might be all the time you'll have to make your point before your prospect exits the elevator.

  2. Love the interesting layering of the model with the landscape, castle and the crows. Is this going to be in your Garden Party exhibit in Ft. L this winter?

  3. Did you paint the model first and then paint the castle on top of her?

  4. Very talented. I love your work. .I have never seen paintings quite like this..stunning!!