Sketching my way through many years of being a Denver free-lance fashion
illustrator, I found that an artist must respond to many art directors,
be "on call", innovative, distinctive and timely to "Get
this out". Usually having to deal with a rushed schedule. I learned
rather quickly that drawing-board time is very valuable and today I'm
thankful for the discipline of those commercial years.
True, every working day creating fine art is not always equally productive,
but something will be achieved or a decision will be made. I fell fortunate
to be able to "settle in" and produce art without having to
be loftily smitten with an idea or touched by lightning. I hesitate to
declare just how long it takes to complete a particular piece of art
in that I, as an artist, work many hours before ever putting pencil to
paper. From perhaps visiting the legend on a historical marker to sharing
the vast sunsets of the Colorado Rockies, my observations are compiled,
edited, filed, reshaped and arranged in my mind so that when I begin
to work on a piece I generally know what experience I want to execute
and how I'm going to do it. I seldom give up on a piece of problem art,
staying with it until the mood swings another way or the experience changes.
I never consider my work "finished". I could be dabbled on
forever and so it lives on for me. When I reach a point of personal satisfaction,
I then let the artwork go.
- Julie Kramer Cole
Print Shown: When Silence Warns