How did you get into debt?
I felt the only way to pursue my goal of studying fine art painting and drawing was to enroll in an MFA program and use graduate student loans. When I was given the loans I was also approved for credit cards at the bank I used and two other companies. I used all of this to fund the expenses occurred with studying art and tuition. I had a medical emergency out of network and incurred medical debt.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It's horrible. Basically I am a human failure. Many believe like my work and believe that I am talented but the truth is is that I am a failure. I have not been able to finish my basic credentials and skills (MFA) The galleries and shows that I have been accepted into lately all have had some type of catch. I can't really make art or do what I want in the field as a result. I can't devote the time when I have the energy and the drive, continue studying from all the art history and the contemporary, continue producing etc. Since my economic collapse happened in the summer I became so distressed that I left my studio, and stopped working. I moved into a better place that is highly nurturing and supportive of the arts which is wonderful so it's going back. But during my last semester I saw how the odds were against me, meeting opposition from some of the more skillfully developed faculty that I started pursing personal training bc I also love athletics. Happily I started painting again last Friday after Thanksgiving.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I'm not sure how it would affect it. I might be much much better since I would not be plagued with the debt and the worry that is tolling in the pysche. I would perhaps be healthier human and might work would most certaintly reflect it. As it is my work today is still developing and I am still working with traditional academic and classical methods, which I enjoy tremendously, but I am just launching my own voice and developing my own print, per se as to my work. That is where I left off in school. Right at the launching platform.