Each week I review the number of visitors to my online galleries. Admirers of my artwork live across the world. From Guanghou, China to Moscow; Ukraine; and Gonzales, Louisiana, art appreciators flock to see my latest and oldest postings. Some on quite a regular and continuous basis and far outnumbering the acquisitional transactions. Some favorite pieces are clearly and repeatedly marked. Again and again.
In some cases this activity, more than bulging up my ego, leaves me feeling inquisitive, vulnerable and somewhat used.
As a master artist I recognize that I not only posses the technical ability to draw and paint what I ‘see’. I can utilize my work tools to reproduce my thoughts defining my expressive signature in the artwork that I create. The main key is that I can generate these thoughts and images in the first place. I have the ability to see.
These generated visions, through my effort, then become art.
So once produced, how do I protect my art?
First of all, why do I create art? I create art to express an idea, a thought, a feeling. That is the mission I have for my work. I give it dimension on canvas, paper or board. I create it taking it from the conceptual space it lives in to the three-dimensional space we roam. Once this creature is produced, I want to share it so that others can experience it. I am in no way renouncing my rights to it as the creator and ultimate owner of that right.
The more people that become familiar with my expressive signature, the more I achieve to make my mark. If my work remains in hiding it does not fulfill it’s mission. So by presenting my work to a live audience, I take it on it’s way to reach more people. By placing it in my cybernetic galleries I broaden the virtual views by the online audience that can see it.
It is flattering to have people world-wide like and admire my work. It is not pleasing to have it taken, copied or reproduced with disregard to the right of ownership I possess. So how do I cope with the culture of creative usurpation? It is difficult I must admit. The only comfort I can find is that enough people appreciate that I am the generator of these ideas and the producer of this art. And if the recognition of the right of ownership extends to cover the valued worth of my work then all justice should be in its perfect balance and I will be happy.