The Artist Trust 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction in Seattle, on February 25, 2012, will go down as a very inspiring event. Artist Trust has been supporting artists for 25 years! It is the only organization in Washington state of its kind. It provides support for artists and it TRUSTS that artists will do what’s right and put Artist Trust grant awards to good use.
Wow, I can’t tell you how much it is an honor to be part of this year’s event. I’m very grateful to have gotten one of my works accepted to be part of the auction and I am overjoyed that my work was sold. My work for this year was an original page from some comics I created for a 24-Hour Comics Day event I curated in 2010, “The Dog Who Would Be King.” You can read it here.
In a nutshell, I will tell you here that I am someone with a burning passion to create both written and visual art. Just read my graphic novel, “Alice in New York” to see how both passions collide to turn out something worthwhile and exciting. I graduated with a BFA in Painting but, not too far behind, I also earned a minor in Creative Writing. Since college, I’ve been actively pursuing both art and writing. This site, Comics Grinder, is a testament to that. I simply gravitated to the comics medium–it was inevitable. I write and draw my own comics as well as write about the comics medium. I believe my fine arts background helps inform my writing and my comics and, in turn, my involvement in comics helps enrich my life in so many ways. I’m not alone in this. You could say I belong to a small club of kindred spirits. Fellow aritst/writer/cartoonists get it right away. And organizations like Artist Trust certainly get it. Being part of this year’s Artist Trust Auction has been quite a thrill from my head down to my toes. I hope to join Artist Trust again in the future. And, as is most fitting, Artist Trust leaves me feeling even more hopeful about being an artist.