Since starting Gallery 139 in February this year, the word "work" has taken on a whole new meaning. Work no longer is a place I have to go to, work is now a place I want to go to. Work is like home and home has almost turned into a workplace. I love my work, my gallery and there is no other place I'd rather be than in it....but I know that if it is to be successful, I need to find a way to remove myself from it so that I can enjoy "life" too.
I find myself looking to my own current exhibiting Gallery Artist, Paul Maher to see how he balances his art making, with his family-life and his "work" as a town planner. It's not an easy task but it one that most artist have to go through these days. It was interesting to listen to Paul talk to Aaron Kearny on 1233ABC Newcastle's The Story Box, Tuesday 27 October about how he manages to achieve this balance and how even his "work" as a town planner enriches his artwork. Listen HERE. I like how Aaron is able to draw a "Freudian" conclusion as to way Paul paints the suburbs the way he does. Paul's exhibition In this city's side finishes on Saturday 14 November.