Albertus Joseph

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This art thing is something and somewhere between a curse and gift... Between a need and lifestyle. I don't think anyone wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, " I'm gonna be an artist!"... It's like the color of your skin or family history. It's kinda programed into you somehow. It's like a highly addictive drug. It gets a hold on you... it embodies your soul... and you are always left wanting for more and more! There is a disconnect that occurs between life in a physical sense and the lines of reality blur. There is a peace that exist in the process and a feeling of accomplishment at the end. The process is like the race and the trophy is the end result of all the hard work. I know that subconsciously it happens there. I can't put into words the drive and draw it has on me accurately. It's a state of being. I can't really explain why I do it so much and push myself at times to do more of it at the strangest times. Everything I do "it" is taken into consideration. Vacations.... I think to myself... "I'll be away from "it" for "X" amount of days... I come home and look at the time and figure out how many hours I can get in... My days and weeks are numbered and planned. It's not just the product but it's the process... The smell of the paint ... The gessoing of the canvas. The making of the stretchers... The sizes... The composition... The subject... The extras ohhhh the "extras"!... The photography... Everything!!! I live for that ... And it lives through me... I can't distance myself from it and "it" is my first love... It's forgiving and punishing all at once. It insist upon itself constantly. It's a buzzing in my head... It's all that, it's me and yet it's more... It connects me to the collective... It's my bond to the source... It connects me to God. Walk in beauty Albertus Joseph


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