Karin Jurick, "O'Keeffers", 9" x 12", Oil on Panel, 2015 http://karinjurick.blogspot.com/
I began painting when I was an undergraduate, but I didn't truly commit
myself to being a painter until shortly after my father passed away. He
inspired me to follow my heart and my passion.
When I started
painting full-time, I was vaguely aware of artists who were making (and
selling) a painting a day. I have to believe that the father of this
idea was Duane Keiser Studio
and hot on his heels was my friend, Karin Jurick.
But Karin and I have never met. In fact, I have a number of artist
friends who have been an immeasurable help to me as a painter whom I've
never met face-to-face. The reason that painters are able to create
paintings every day and sell them, or make dozens of acquaintances with
like-minded artists all over the world is all thanks to the magic of the
But back to Karin...because she's the real reason I'm
sitting here writing this to begin with. Aside from being a talented
figurative, portrait, landscape, and still-life artist, Karin has also
been my inspiration, my teacher, and friend. I am so thankful sometimes
to have come into painting when I did--about the same time when painting
met the internet. I quickly that was like we all worked in a giant
studio building and at nearly any given hour, one could knock on the
fiber-optic door of another artist and ask to come in for chat or to see
what they've been up to. If I've ever had a question, needed help or
inspiration, the ability to connect with other painters here on the
internet has been remarkable. But for me, Karin was always my go-to
artist. And often, all I had to was read her blog.
I don't know if
I'm giving away my age (or yours dear reader) by saying that I was
posting online before there was a facebook, but before there was a
facebook I kept up a blog. Some of you probably had one too. And so did
Karin. And she still does. Her artwork is in fact on several blogs (one
blog is devoted solely to her practice of painting) and I know I'm not
the only one who has benefited from this powerhouse of artist.
Surprisingly, Karin has not found it necessary to join facebook and I
need to look into that.
Anyway, I know I'm rambling--but back when I
was on my blog more often, that's what you did. So...back to the point:
I received an email yesterday from Karin Jurick. Truth be told, we've
really lost touch. I don't update my blog as often as I once did ( Roos Schuring
would not approve), and Karin isn't here on FB. We just don't see each
other as often as we once did, in the digital sense of the word. So I
was so pleasantly surprised to see this note from her in my inbox. No,
it was more than that--I was flattered. Here was a note from someone who
I think so highly of, and whose work I've always held as a benchmark
against my own--a higher bar to achieve for. And really she was just
writing to say hello and to say she missed seeing my paintings.
It's a wonderful world this internet. And Karin Jurick's hand in it makes it just so much better.