by Nancy Guzik, 1990, oil,
40 x 24. Private collection.
It’s a new year and a new decade, and no doubt some of your 2010 resolutions relate to your art career. Whether you’ve promised to make more time for drawing or painting, have specific goals related to professional success, or are simply learning to approach the art process with a different perspective or purpose, now is a great time to glean inspiration from those whose work we greatly admire.
I recently interviewed Nancy Guzik for her feature article in the March 2010 issue of American Artist, and after speaking with her for nearly two hours I hung up the phone with a renewed sense of what it means to be an artist. Her thoughtful perspective made me realize the profound privilege and great responsibility that comes with being a creative being. We have the power—through our drawings, paintings, words, or music—to influence our culture and share our view of the world around us.
The title of the article is “Nancy Guzik: Finding an Authentic Voice,” and in it Nancy talks about embracing what it is that makes her unique as a painter, discovering why she is drawn to certain subject matter, and letting go of fear that can inhibit her full creative potential. She talks about the artists she admires and says how it’s the honesty of one’s own personal language coming through that really captivates the viewer. “No other artist sees the world exactly as you do or feels what you feel—that story is yours alone to tell,” she says. “When you become vulnerable enough to paint what’s inside of you, that other dimension starts to come through in your work.”
I hope Nancy’s words of wisdom and beautiful imagery will be as inspiring to you as they were to me, and will give you the confidence to fearlessly share your visual voice with the world in the year ahead!