what value do I give in exchange for time?
It is important to ascertain the value I give people who spend their time on BeverlyClaridge.com 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.
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.
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.
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Coloured pencil works
Coloured pencil works
2006 solo exhibition
Noble People Treasured Land
Anderson Park Art Gallery.
Handle with Care
Out of Hand
with Anna Claire Thompson