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What Kind of Artist Are You

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 19:17:20 -1000

This is always a tough question for me because I work in so many mediums.
I began as a printmaker in the 70's--silkscreen, intaglio and lithography!
I then got frustrated with "process" and began to draw for many years in
color pencil. When I got frustrated at the meager color saturation I
switched to chalk pastel.
My work is narrative, sometimes realistic and a little humorous. I think
my best stuff is totally autobiographical.

I've shown my chalk pastels here in Hawaii for many years and sold a five
year "Bufo" series very well. About the time my gallery went under with
Hurricane Iniki in 1992, I changed course again. I found gallery sales
locked me into a certain subject matter that I was bored with. I make my
living as an art teacher (high school 1989-96, and now free lance contracts
with elementary and high schools) so I am freer to do my own thing with my
art. In 1995 I won an NEA Fellowship for art teachers which allowed me to
create an independent study for the summer. I chose metalworking
techniques and worked with a metal botanical sculptor in Louisiana. I've
done a lot of clay and assemblage boxes in the past few years, some oil
painting and recently a wood sculpture for an invitational show. I find I
often use the media I am currently using with students. I guess I'm a
chameleon. I get bored with one thing.

Currently I show a lot locally with the arts society and I've returned to
printmaking. A friend inherited a big press and we are doing a lot of
monotypes which I draw, paint and collage on. I just won an award for one
so I'm spurned on. I'm lucky becasue I don't have kids (although I'm also
a nanny!) so there is time to do my work. Whenever I feel depressed or
down, I realize its becasue I haven't been making art. I just took on a
new job as Program Director for a long running summer art school here so I
will really have to make time for art this summer.

I'm enjoying hearing about all of you. Keep making your own art!!!

Deb Rosenbaum

>If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never
>tried before.