“I started painting when I was 52 years old. Oh, my parents had sent me to oil painting lessons back when I was about 10, but even at $1 a lesson they really couldn’t afford it…so let’s fast-forward to today. I’m twelve years down the road from that woman who began again at age 52. I live my art every day. Sometimes at night when I’m falling asleep I’ll say to myself, “Let’s go to sleep and dream about art.” And I do dream, and think, and paint every day. Sometimes I know I have so much catching up to do because I got that late start that I can’t envision a time when I’ll be satisfied I’ve tried it “all.” I am living the life I have always wanted to have.”
“So often when someone watches me create a piece of beadwork art with hundreds of tiny seed beads, I hear the comment “how do you have the patience to work with such fine detail?” What they don’t understand is that my art is a therapeutic and meditative process that gives me patience for other aspects of my life. It allows me to lose myself where I become someone else besides mother, wife, daughter or whatever other hat the day requires me to wear. My art is a healing balm to my spirit and allows me to maintain my identity as an individual.”
“Making art has helped me sort through my emotions in the darkest times of my life. I cannot imagine life without it and I believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience creating art in many forms, whether they can afford it or not. Throughout my life, artists have encouraged me in my art making and I hope I can do the same for others. For me, art is a vital part of living.”
Kim Ramey, Director and Dreamer at Backstreet Arts.