I am now settling into my own art studio in Building 5 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. My building houses 15 artists, all working in different genres and media. I shared a small studio for a month with my friend and colleague, Rebecca Chase, for which I am thankful. But I knew I wanted a “Studio of My Own,” and I kept saying that out loud. Whenever my wife overheard me, she was always quick to point out that I have always had a studio of my own. She’s right, of course. So what I really should have been saying was that I needed a studio of my own in a community of artists. Yes, that’s it!
Art is a solitary act, like writing, yet being with kindred spirits makes my obsessions, compulsions and preoccupations seem somewhat more normal.
As I settle in and get to know the other artists, I feel more and more at home. But the truth is I am a little bit obsessed. And even though I haven’t had an outside studio for the last 10 years, I have been compulsively making art the whole time. Small works on paper, mostly, but now I have a place to put some of the work — and space to work, too. Watch this space. More to come about the content and subject matter of my art!