Why I paint in 2022

Wed, May 04, 22
It all started with a yearning,
a yearning to know myself better,
to really understand
what I wanted to do with my life.
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This had come right after achieving something
I had been working on for many years before that,
which was gaining financial independence.
For me that's where everything begins:
in order to write our own rules,
and invest in ourselves before anyone else will.
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So I had gotten to that point,
and the thing that became obvious to me was that
throughout my journey
working in the corporate world
and "following the template" so to speak,
I came back, again and again, to my art
as a way to express and release,
the things I was living,
the things I was struggling with,
the things I was celebrating,
and what I was feeling in general.
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And in that action of expressing myself,
of releasing everything that's within,
through brushstrokes, 
through color, 
and through body movements...
I found flow,
I found peace,
I found healing.
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That's when the question became:
"If I'm able to perform well within an imposed path
what would it look like if I invested the same energy, or more,
in something that keeps tugging at me,
tugging at my heart,
and which has a positive influence in my life?"
The answer came back as:
"Why not try?"
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Fast forward four years,
and I live in New York,
surrounded with my work,
both physically and mentally.
I am always thinking
about creating,
about visual arts,
about expressing my existence. 
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So if you ask me why I paint in 2022,
I paint because I don't know what else to do,
that's the only constant.
Regardless of the ups and downs,
the surprises along the way,
the reality checks...
the one thing that I know I can control,
and the one thing that I know for certain is
that I need to keep making work.
At the end of the day it comes back to that:
the art.
The art needs to stand on its own.
I've always believed this.
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There are times that I am more prolific than others,
and times in which my creative direction seems more linear than others,
and there are also times when my doubts and fears creep in,
or the exhaustion,
but the one thing that I can do is show up
and paint,
even if it's small,
even if it's quick,
I come back to the work.
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My vision stands,
I want my life to be in line
with who I believe I am.
I am a creative person.
I have a high sensitivity for life.
I love nature.
I believe in the power of art to heal,
to energize,
to change a room,
to change our lives.
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That's why I paint in 2022.
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Written by Gabriela Gil