How do you find inspiration?
Paula Holtzclaw: When sometimes challenged with finding inspiration, I remind myself of this favorite quote by Chuck Close, “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you, and something else will occur to you, and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I fine that’s almost never the case.”
What is the best thing about being an artist?
Paula Holtzclaw: I know that lucky, and not always common, is the person who is able to fill their time doing what they love. The best part of being an artist is being able to recognize and appreciate the beauty around us, the quiet moments that so easily slip by, unrecognized. Then to share that moment in time with others is a true blessing.
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