I received word yesterday that I have been juried into the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society and I'm very excited about it.
Many of you know I was once a pet portrait artist and also know how much I like painting animals. You also know that we live in a very rural area where we see wildlife of some kind every day. You may not know that I'm not much of a joiner - most of the time I prefer to be painting instead of just talking about it! To be honest, I checked out some local chapters of various art media societies and felt totally out of place not to mention that I don't like being confined to just one art medium.
But when I discovered NCWAS, it just felt like a match made in heaven. Artists lead a somewhat solitary life anyway and rural artists are really isolated! Normally that doesn't bother me a bit but recently I've felt that being around other artists and participating in art events would help me to stretch as an artist.
NCWAS is perfect for me as it's not media-specific, I can use any medium I want. I think they only have one meeting per year which leaves time for actually painting! The subject requirements aren't overly strict and are what I'd be painting anyway. They offer participation in various shows or exhibitions but I don't think the participation is mandatory which is a real plus for someone who paints as slowly as I do!
Is there any wonder I submitted an application for joining?
So, in light of this new membership, stay tuned for more wildlife and wildflower paintings! You can check out NCWAS by clicking on the links for their website and Facebook page listed at the top right.