I am starting to let go of the fear of being an artist, but I am finding out that art is something you work at

August 5, 2016
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I am starting to let go of the fear of being an artist, but I am finding out that art is something you work at

I am starting to let go of the fear of being an artist, but I am finding out that art is something you work at

“I have always been into art and drawing and coloring. There wasn’t a big art presence in my family. I remodeled houses for 15 years and had a surfboard company. About five years ago I jumped into it. I had five acres in Loxley and Hurricane Ivan blew down 13 pecan trees. I burned them several times, but it was a graveyard of trees. I found a piece that looked like an alligator head and the sculpture built itself. I built the alligator with Chris Cumbie and that was one of first things I made that I called art. I sold it in a gallery in Nashville and it was good to have a vision and come out with something that exceeded the vision. I am starting to let go of the fear of being an artist and have learned not to put things on pedestals. My family thought artists and musicians had to be gifted from birth and it was just something you did, but I am finding out that art is something you work at. All of our friends are artists and we learn from each other. I do screen printing because I like to learn processes that I can develop and then combine process together that creates something complex. I had to learn how to let go and that is when my work started getting better. I like participating in other people’s projects too. I don’t think any of my pieces have ever been finished. I just have to call them done and let them go. Sometimes pieces don’t come together and I have to call them backgrounds. I am working on a bunch of backgrounds right now. The urge to create haunts me. If I start enough pieces, then the individual ones won’t yell at me so much.”

6 comments on “I am starting to let go of the fear of being an artist, but I am finding out that art is something you work at”

  1. Mary Schooley says:

    Glad to see you collaborating with Chris. I enjoy his work and his posts. Wishing you the best of what is to come! Hope I can purchase something someday! Exciting

  2. Duane rocks.. End of story

  3. Walter Simon says:

    I posted this link on facebook, less than five minutes later there you are standing in Windmill Market. These synchronicities seem to be common in Fairhope!

  4. Duane is so dang talented and genuine and awesome. He deserves all the publicity and admiration in the world.

  5. Rufus Ducote says:

    I must say that Duane has taught me many things when it comes to the unfolding of art and idea. I’m glad to see him touch a wider audience.

  6. Robert Moses says:

    While I’ve found myself in a creative hole as of late, reading this lifted a little of that weight. Creative is as creative does… It’s a bold move to say that out loud too, Duane. I like it.

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