“I am a lifelong learner, continuously learning and exploring.”
I believe as Austin Kleon does in his book, Steal Like An Artist , that we are a combination of our experiences. I am a synthesis of my family, traveling, and a few select authors and artists. My current work is an exploration of organic subjects that I love and the built environment that I discover when I travel, sometimes in the style of a favorite artist. The paintings of flowers are a way for me to explore the work of Georgia O’Keefe who declared,
“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”
The golden ratio properties of harmony and proportion captivate me in the flowers as well as spiral staircases. These architectural compositions are a personal metaphor for overcoming fear and taking steps of faith to grow and experience life to its fullest. Taking a step into the unknown gives us wisdom. If we don’t take a step forward we will never experience adventure, joy, and fulfillment. Jeff Olson has reminded me in his book, The Slight Edge , that
“Simple daily disciplines – little productive actions, repeated consistently over time – add up to the difference between failure and success.”
I take small steps toward my goals every day by being productive in creative ways, whether it’s painting on a canvas, teaching students, or reading to expand my thoughts and engage my mind to experience joy and fulfillment.
You can contact me and view a broader collection of my work at andreavanwyk.com.
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