One Reason..maybe Two
I was always the one friend who was sure that I would never go back to school. By the time I was getting ready graduate Lincoln, I could not even entertain the idea of going back to school. Of course I loved my art, but I never thought of getting my Masters in Fine Art. I just didn't have those types of goals. I was so sure that I would just get a decent job somewhere and make art on the side and life would be fine. However, that changed within a year after graduation from Lincoln.
I had my basement studio all set up and for awhile I was doing shows and selling work. However, I could not help but feel an emptiness. Not an emptiness for myself or anything like that, but for my art. My work was shallow, 2D paintings of cartoons and whatever else. Yes, it made/makes me a couple dollars here and there but I wanted to create work that said something; work that made a statement on controversial topics. I had this urn to want to push my creativity, explore and experiment with mediums and materials. I just didn't know how, I didn't have any type of studio practice or routine or anything. I was just making work for the heck of it.
Anyway, when I did decide I would go back to school, I was very nonchalant about it. I just figured I wouldn't get in, or that my portfolio for an art school was not good enough to apply for a MFA program. But, I took my shot; I got accepted and I was beyond excited and happy.
Of course going back to school opens more opportunities for you and all that good stuff, but that wasn't what I was after. I literally went back to school because I genuinely and passionately wanted to push my limits as an artist. I wanted to experiment with different things, I wanted to put meaning to the work I was creating.
With graduation coming up, I find that over these past few years being in school I have not only have developed a studio practice, but I have learned a great deal about myself as well. My art and I are stronger then ever and still growing. So I leave you with this:
If you are passionate about something you are good at, and you are thinking of going to school or finding a way to push your limits and further develop your talents, don't doubt yourself. Don't be afraid, Don't think twice about it. If you are not passionate about what you do....What is the point? What are you working so hard for?