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People ask frequently
about the void from 1976 until 2004, a time in which I was not producing
my own artwork. It's really simple. My growing sons required feeding occasionally
and I enjoyed a good meal myself. Unfortunately my artwork wasn't selling
sufficiently well to ensure this steady supply of sustenance.
In 1976 I started
a commercial-arts studio I named The
Design Group here in Lynchburg. Initially I had one partner, Wendy
Watkins Davis, but Nancy Blackwell Marion joined a few months later. The
company's success required immense dedication and long hours.
For several years
we worked 16-17 hours per day, seven days a week. This allowed no time
and no energy for my own creative efforts. Over time, the frustration
of not being able to produce my own work disappeared and I was content
to manage the company.
As time went on and
retirement age approached, I explored ways to use this new freedom. It
quickly became evident that I was not finished with creative expression.
I found a suitable studio at Riverviews
Artspace, a downtown art community, and got back to work where I had
I often wonder what kind of work I would be doing now if I hadn't had the small interruption -- the gap.
©2008 Michael Mewborn #202 Riverviews Artspace 901 Jefferson Street Lynchburg, VA 24504