What value do I give people in exchange for the time they spend visiting my website or YouTube channel? I genuinely want to know.
There are deeper, more important questions to be considered first. I’m compelled to consider what is my value? What is it that I do value? And, what are the values I live by? These share a common word, but each asks a markedly different question that informs my search for my purpose.
Deciphering the value I give the world, the universe, if you will, in exchange for the privilege of 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.
I know. This is really heavy thinking. It’s a cold and wintry July day in Southland, New Zealand. Thankfully, I’ve got plenty of freshly ground coffee to brew several cups of strong French-press coffee (and cream) to compliment my philosophical bent.
I abandoned pursuing a creative career when my high school art teacher, Mr. Sanderson, told me, after I proudly showed my him my rather accurate and colourful drawing of my viola, that the realism I loved was no longer relevant in 1973. Oh, well. Okay. My loving and terribly practical parents urged me to be more sensible, too. I earned a science degree at University.
Marriage and career
Marriage came along. So did jobs at a hospital, a chemistry laboratory, and a stint in industrial real estate. As a stay-at-home mum, I pursued art again with a vengeance. In between diaper changes and chasing babies, I launched a fledgling art portraiture business. Then, life happened. I moved with my young children back to Kansas to be near my parents..
As a solo mother, and assistant project manager at a construction company, I still managed to set up an easel in my bedroom to create art at night after my children were in bed. 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 would have happily continued working these exhibitions, but then love intervened.
Upon marrying my Kiwi husband, I shifted with my kids to New Zealand to blend our two families and pursue art full-time. Well, almost full-time. We also renovated two homes, planned a big wedding, and made trips back and forth to the United States. Life happened! I’m amazed that I managed to create two big solo exhibitions, a duo exhibition and co-found an active area wide visual arts group.
Business owner and then not
Then I invested seven years of creative energy owning a picture framing and gallery business. We closed it last year. Now, I’m sitting in my chair by the fire, with my third cup of strong French pressed coffee with cream, contemplating the value I offer to those coming to my channel and website.
My value proposition
My value proposition is this: I’m back full-time into my arts practice. I’m delighted to share my art and knowledge 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.
What I do have is tenacity and a strong passion to create. I’ve stuck in there for a long time. I’ve kept at it 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.
I can oblige
Having said all this, if you’d like to possess one of my carefully considered, meaningful works of art or high quality limited edition prints for your spaces, I can arrange that for you as well.
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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