Creating Art Around Life

what value do I give in exchange for time?

It is important to ascertain the value I give people who spend their time on and on my YouTube channel.

First, its important to know my own value.  I believe I was created for a purpose by a transcendent Creator. It is the foundation of how I live my life.

What do I value and by who’s values do I live? These inform my search for purpose.

Deciphering the value I give the world, the universe, if you will, in exchange for the gift of my time on earth is my value proposition.  It’s a term I learned in almost 7 years of owning a brick and mortar business.

What I value hugely impacts what I create in the studio. 

highschool years

I abandoned a creative career after showing my accurate and colourful watercolour of my viola to my high school art teacher, Mr. Sanderson. Dutifully, I’m sure, he advised that the realism I loved was no longer relevant in 1973. 

My loving and terribly practical parents urged sensibility, too. I earned a science degree at University. I valued the advice of my parents and teachers.

Marriage, work and Motherhood

I worked in hospital surgery, a chemistry laboratory, and did a stint in industrial real estate out in California after I married. I valued use my science training in a career. In the end I decided I was not a scientist.

As a stay-at-home mum, I pursued art again with a vengeance.  Between diaper changes and chasing babies, I launched a fledgling art portraiture business, creating colourful and accurate coloured pencil portraits. I valued pursuing what I really wanted in my heart.  

Then, life happened.  I moved with my young children back to Kansas to be near my parents.

solo parenting years

As a solo mother, working days as an assistant project manager at a construction company, I set up an easel in my bedroom to create art at night after my children were in bed. I valued creating no matter what.  

Thrilled with the developments on my easel, I initiated an arts ministry at church.  What a grand time.  We had two successful shows featuring several artists within the large congregation. I valued sharing creative joy with others.

I would have happily continued working these exhibitions, but then love intervened.

New Country, new Life

In 2001 I shifted with my kids to New Zealand to be with my new Kiwi husband, Bill. My aim was to blend our two families and pursue art full-time.  Well, almost full-time. We, renovated two homes, planned a big wedding, and made trips back and forth to the United States. Life happened! I valued pushing through to make art no matter what!

I managed to create two big solo exhibitions, a duo exhibition and co-found an active area wide visual arts group. Whew!! I learned to value time managment.

Business Owner

Then I invested seven years of creative energy owning a picture framing and gallery business.  We closed it in 2019. I probably won’t fully recognise the values I learned for a few years. The impact is too fresh.

my value proposition

My value proposition is this:  I’m back full-time into my arts practice. I’m able to share knowledge and wisdom gained from over 30 years of Creating Art Around Life.  I am an expert in Creating Art Around all the richness contained in a full and eventful life. 

I have tenacity and a strong will to create. I’ve stuck in there for a long time, when it would have been easier, and arguably wiser, to simply give up.  But I didn’t and I won’t.  

I believe that our creative nature is a tremendous gift.  Nearly as precious as the gift of life.  

Bill At Grille Small - Beverly Claridge, Artist
Bill at the Grille

Click the image to watch Part 4 of a time lapse video of me creating this latest work fresh off the easel.

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Coloured pencil works
Young Mum years
Coloured pencil works
Early New Zealand years
No Regrets - Bill Richardson
No Regrets

2006 solo exhibition
Noble People Treasured Land
Anderson Park Art Gallery.

Handle With Care
Handle with Care

2010 exhibition
Out of Hand
with Anna Claire Thompson

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