09 November 2010
Moxie is one of my favorite words. It describes a person with the verve or courage to do what they feel needs to be done. In the daily painting world, we have Carol Nelson, an artist doing her own thing. How is this evidence of moxie? Well, in the art world there is a constant struggle between the artist and the marketeer. The artist wants to do what the artist wants to do and the marketeer wants the artist to be consistent. To people in the marketing realm, this seems like a perfectly reasonable parameter. After all, they cannot advertise a thingamabob and deliver a whatchamacallit — they need to be able to succinctly define an artist to sell the artist. But for some artists, that limitation may be counter-intuitive, possibly to the point of being stifling. They may want or even need to change course, whether temporarily or permanently, it does not matter. This is not universal and I don’t mean to knock any artist who does one thing their whole career — if that’s what their muse dictates, the more power to them. All artists evolve and grow differently. • What makes this continuing struggle even more bizarre is that in today’s digital age, the marketeer may be the artist themselves. How’s that for a head trip? • Back to Carol Nelson’s audacity to be an artist who does what she wants, when she wants. From oils to mixed-media and from abstract to representational to whatever; she follows her own muse. If she decides to do 100 portraits, as she did a while ago, she does it. Whether it be animals, people, still life, landscapes, abstracts, diptychs, triptychs, or whatever tych she wants, she chases it. Now, that’s moxie! Her mixed-media abstracts are, in the humble opinion of this reviewer, particularly strong. • Ms. Nelson’s blog, “Carol Nelson Fine Art Blog” has been up since February 2007 and it bears witness to her willingness to explore many different directions with her art. This diversity provides a great scan, so grab a hot mug of joe and check it out at www.carolnelsonfineart.blogspot.com.