Naomi King (-dragonfly3d-) "Art is personal"
Staff Writer By: Hope Kumor (hopeandlove)
Art has changed Renderosity vendor Naomi King's (-dragonfly3d-) life for the good.
"I would say [art has taught me to be] more relaxed," says Naomi. "I love to slip into a world where I can make whatever I want to happen happen."
I wanted to know some more information about what led her to Renderosity, so I asked...
What brought you to Renderosity?
I found Renderosity when I got my first computer. My brother in law showed me Daz Studio, and what you could do with it, and that led to actually posting artwork online. I dabbled in it for a couple of years, mostly just for fun. In 2006, I picked my daughter up from school and on the way home, a 3-mile drive, we were hit head on by a school bus.
We were very fortunate to even be alive, but I did come out of it with two broken feet. I spent just over a year in recovery, and when I returned to my job of 13 years (working the lunch counter at a local store) I found that standing up for 6 to 8 hours was not as easy as it used to be. A fellow artist suggested I try to put a few things in the marketplace, so I did. I was still a year or so after that that I continued to work outside of the home, and then my art store picked up, my husband and I had a long talk about what to do, and I decided to focus on art. Now, there is nothing I would rather be doing.
How has art changed your life?
For me, it has changed my life in every way. Not only as a vendor, but as a person. My father is an artist, Native American Quill work, and by watching him, I learned all things take patience. Growing up, we always looked at everything with new eyes to find the beauty in it. When you find what makes your soul happy around you, it is much easier to create for yourself and love what others do. And now I am my own boss, so it is a win-win in every way.
What is it about art that you love?
My favorite thing about art is the interpretation of it. I always hated when in Art History instructors would tell us what the artist was thinking when he made painting X, Y or Z....I want to decide myself by seeing what it evoked in me, not some text book. 100 people can look at one image and see 100 different things. Is one of them wrong or right? No, because to each person art is personal. It takes on a whole new meaning that goes so much deeper than just looking. Art can teach you things about yourself you never knew, and about others also.
What does art mean to you?
Art has always been about beauty and expression to me. I was raised seeing everything as art and to put my own feeling into it, and respect the work and emotion behind it, even if whatever it was wasn't "my style." Art makes you see people in a different way, and when you can find someone to connect with over art, you know you have reached a new level of something personal.