Two years ago I would have never thought I’d reach this stage. But this month I received a reminder of what hard work and dedication can afford you.
This month my portrait work “Indomitable Will” was featured on Artist Network by editor Cherie Haas. Recently this same piece was published in Art Journey Portraits and Figures, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf. To say that I was shocked and thrilled by the feature in Artist Network is an understatement. I believe you truly had to see my complete reaction to understand how I felt. It involved a lot of yelling, jumping, waving hands, and dramatic explanations.
For me, this feature represented far more than simply exposure in the art community. It represented a reward for the continuous effort and dedication towards art that has been with me since childhood. For my work to call to someone, so much so that they felt the need to revisit it and write about it, means that my work is truly serving its purpose. It’s making people think and feel.
“When I look at portrait drawings of older individuals, I can’t help but wonder what stories are hidden behind their bright eyes. Their wisdom and experiences are told in the soft folds of wrinkles that can no longer hide behind makeup or be softened with night creams. Looking at Indomitable Will (below) by portrait artist Vanessa Turner, for example, I’m sure she would be satisfied to know that her drawing keeps pulling me back to look at it as I write this. I feel like I’m being watched, but as Turner says below, the important thing is to simply feel.”
Haas discusses the role of portraiture in art and also includes my interview about the piece Indomitable Will. To read the full article click here. 2015 is already off to a great start, on wards and upwards!
© 2012 – 2015 Vanessa Turner
charcoal on watercolour paper
20 x 16 inches