Somebody recently asked me “why do you make art?” At the time, I was laying on the beach, relaxing in the sun and didn’t particularly feel like answering to anyone at all. I responded without much thought: “it just makes sense.” The conversation ended there and we continued our day, basking in the heat and frolicking in the sand. Reflecting on that conversation now, it really does make sense. It’s probably the only thing in my life, in my world that has always just made sense. It was always the next logical thing to do. Bored? Make art. In love? Make art. Grateful? Make art. Feel like punching someone? Everyone? Make art.
A few days ago I had the pleasure of being visited by Joey Sather and his lovely partner Lisa Dione They glided into my studio, rich with a glow of love and warmth. I first met Joey when he graced the stage for Black Production's rendition of Grease last May. My first impression of him? Belting beauty school dropout, framed by a silver fringe curtain and being circled by ladies in sparking dresses and hair curlers. The best way to meet a person, I think.
I had completed some mock ups for his drum skin that he had asked me to paint for him. He chose one, and I was all ready to start. He walked into my studio, handed me the skin and told me to forget it all, to do whatever I wanted. “Why? Didn’t you like the mock-ups?” I was confused. He told me that he had been watching my posts, and that he would love anything I did. He offered me complete creative freedom. It’s a rare thing, at least for me, for someone to solidly just believe in the things I make, the things I do. Of course, other than my beautiful family who will battle to the death, over many drinks at Christmas, for a piece of my art. To have somebody, who is an incredibly talented artist in his own medium, firmly believe in you as a fellow artist is a pretty rad thing. I was confused, and then abundantly grateful. Thank you, Joey, for giving me the opportunity to paint on yet another unconventional surface. Who needs a canvas anyways? I am so excited to see you and this drum in action, in whichever town you decide to bless your musical talents with next.