As I have matured over the years as an artist and creative person I have also developed an interest in the psyche as it colligates to this creative process. My introduction as a young college student to the work of C.G. Jung as I perused the book Man and His Symbols would begin a life-long interest in the psyche and it’s connection with what I conjectured in my finals paper for the Union Institute and University as the Artist Archetype. I look back on it as a blessing now that I was unable to finish college as a youth. Circumstance made me delay this until I was in my sixties after many years of independent study. I had time to formulate my thoughts. Even now I do not have a grasp on all of this, but now I understand I must continue to ask the right questions of the oracle!
Unable to articulate thoughts about “making things” as a young girl was a frustration for me, but encouragement by my very bright Mother to use my mind and learn constantly as she did, herself, gave me a rich background for the hours I spent lost in right-brain, creative activities. Something was always churning away as the left-brain impatiently paced in the background while my youthful ego pushed it aside and commenced my “work” as a young “artist”. My Mother's hunger for knowledge was not totally satisfied with her stenographer's degree from Barns Business School in Denver. She also never pursued her budding career as an accompanist in her Father's dance band. I'm sure keeping me occupied in creating, learning and loving music was greatly influenced by her even though it was never articulated except through acceptance.
My father with only a sixth grade education taught himself to read and write, to survey and prospect in the mountains where we lived, to weld, blacksmith and just about anything else he wanted to learn. I found among his things a set of correspondence course booklets on a wide spectrum of knowledge. I could imagine his excitement as he unwrapped each edition. His creative mind could grasp how things worked and he could invent just about any tool he needed. He was a master welder and could always find work even when others struggled.
So with this background I have understood why my questions were as they were and why I had to create almost constantly. This “Artist Archetype” was alive in my from the very beginning and fortunately encouraged by my unique environment and parents. I had a wonderful childhood even though in material things we lived from paycheck to paycheck, as so many did then.
And so, with this in mind, I am learning to articulate that which I think and hope I can offer as my personal view of this life as an artist.