From the funds raised, I plan on purchasing a Scamp trailer to take on the road. A Scamp trailer is a lightweight, aerodynamic travel trailer/small camper. As an artist, I travel across the country to share my work with others, participate in art festivals and fairs and move to transport my work to different exhibitions. In the past, I have had difficulties with housing but I know that this “mobile studio” can help solve this problem.
This upcoming February, I have been accepted to over 10 of the top art festivals through October. As I venture across the US, I will need more than just a tent to sleep in. (I’ve also tried the “sleeping in my car method.” It never works out too well…)
Not only will I be able to sleep soundly in the camper, but I will also be able to sleep safely. I’ve dealt with many different arrangements and not all of them are the most secure. I’ve even come close to alligator encounters!
Most importantly, having this trailer will allow me to continue making my art on the road. When I’m gone for months at a time like this, it’s extremely challenging to find a place to set up my materials and draw. I usually find myself waiting for the entire trip to end until I’m back at my studio in Philly. This mobile studio will help me create more art and continue to inspire people.
Where will I be showing my artwork you ask? See my schedule below! (Additional locations may be added during the application review process)
- February 14-16: Artigras, FL
- March 14-15: Scottsdale, AZ
- March 27-29: Tempe, AZ
- April 3-5: Deep Ellum, TX
- April 9-12: Dogwood, GA
- April 18-19: Fiesta, TX
- June 20-21: Manayunk, PA
So please consider donating to this campaign. Help me make my dreams come true and show your support for my artwork.
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As of January 17, my Kickstarter goal of $3,000 has been met and I cannot thank you enough. However, a total of $6,000 will be needed to fully purchase a Scamp trailer. If my goal is met but I do not meet the $6,000, I will still be investing in the camper with the remaining funds coming from a budget set aside to live while on the road. Please continue to support my project and thanks again.
NEW REWARD ADDED! For the remaining 24 hours of the campaign, my newest print (see below) will now be available if you pledge! This print of my tryptic, "Magpie" represents the magpie bird and how it is one of the few animal species that can recognize itself in its own reflection. The drawing takes a step back to analyze how we look at ourselves and learn who we really are or we see ourselves as.
Risks and challenges
With completing my project, the biggest challenge will be the length of time it will take to produce all of the pledgers’ drawings. Production timelines and delivery dates will vary based on the level of production required for custom artwork.
In terms of the challenges of my trip across the country, it has taken me a long time to figure out the best method for me to survive on the road. Hotels are out of the question with expenses being WAY too high. Dining out is never preferred but sometimes the only option without a place to prepare food myself. The mobile studio is giving me the perfection solution to survival: a fridge, two burners, a bathroom and heating/AC. With the added bonus of giving me space to sleep and draw, I really hope you will support me with this investment.
Living on the road can be hard, especially for an artist. On top of homesickness, the pain of not creating really takes a toll on me. I am always in my studio making art: starting sketches, finishing up drawings, doodling, trying new things… When days go by and I’m not creating, it’s tough for me emotionally to stay motivated. To be without art is to be without air. If I can’t draw and share my art with others, I’m not sure where my place is in the world.
At the ripe age of 31, this isn’t a phase of the young-hearted art student who romanticizes the need to create. I’ve been doing this for over nine years and live off of my artwork. I know how difficult it is to stay on the path of being a full-time artist and how impossible it seems to continue doing it for my entire life. None of this matters though. Art is my everything.
It’s going to be a challenge to be on the road for so long, but I’ve been down longer roads in my career and I know I can get through it. (I just need a camper to help me along the way!) :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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