Christine Duke - Treacherous Journey

Watercolor painting by Christine Duke.

Artist Statement: I have heard “art” defined as creation where the artist does not entirely know the outcome herself. (Conversely, when the creator tightly orchestrates the outcome, the work becomes craft. Replicating, say, a beautiful pottery bowl is craft.) I find this differentiation edifying because, in spite of bountiful sketches and paint compositions, I can never wholly anticipate the outcome when I paint. Creating art is an adventure, a battle of wits with the blank whiteness of the canvas or paper. The potential, at the beginning, feels infinite. Soon, though, the work of art attains a voice of its own and tells you what it requires. Art lives, for sure. Though art feels boundless, time is finite. There is much left to do, much to explore.