Travel, food, art. The things that make me smile.

Travel, food, art. The things that make me smile.

Art & illustration

Joan Chamberlain

My earliest memory of art is the intense fascination I had for the way Michelangelo captured the flowing folds of a voluminous robe as it draped across a model's legs. How he coaxed the effect of supple fabric from a block of marble - cold, hard. rock - had me enthralled. That was the first indication I had that a blank slate could become something magnificent with the right tools, and in the right hands.

I started creating art very early in life, and never stopped. I've experimented with many mediums and been influenced by many accomplished artists in design, sculpture, printing, and painting. I rebel at being limited to any one subject matter. Honestly, any object that captures light and shadow in a way that catches my eye may become my next subject.

I create art daily. I take the inspiration I first felt studying the old masters and attempt to capture images that will inspire, inform, or delight. I find equal enjoyment working with pencil or paint, in large or small formats.

Like many artists, I have more ideas than time. That's the exquisite torture of art - the temptations of textures, tools, colors, shapes, stories - all begging for expression in a life that has a finite amount of time. That precious commodity, time, taunts all of us who create.

I recently retired from a 35-year career as a dentist. I was a pre-med major in college and often think the reason I switched to dentistry was the lure of all the nifty tools. Fortunately, art has plenty of nifty tools, too.