ABTG4: Joshua Lance

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I’ve dedicated my life to creating beautiful, vibrant artwork capturing the essence of my world for the past 25 years.  Art has given me salvation in my darkest moments.  Art explains the truth who I am, what I’m going through.  Art helps me feel I’m worth something.  A new hope for self-reliance.  I want to leave something precious, a unique imprint from my soul to the world that may need a little hope too.  Art reaffirms what’s real and authentic.

That’s why I still paint.  I equally enjoy landscapes and portraits.  I find it helps me to savor the moments and realize there’s so much life to explore beyond our busy lives.  The real value of art helps your soul reconnect with your world around you.  And it reminds me that time is precious and art captures the essence perfectly.

I enjoy painting using a limited palette of primary colors.  I enjoy its simplicity.  It helps keep me focused and the painting harmonious.  Colors are the musical notes I help compose a painting with.  Colors and brush strokes reflect my emotional state at that point and I’ve learned to trust it.  And learned to honor it.  It’s taken many years to trust the process.  And I’m proud to be a hard-working student and teacher.  There’s always so much to learn, and painting is learning about yourself and life within you and around you.  I also think it’s important to pass your knowledge on to others, and I have such joy passing what I have learned to other painters and enthusiasts.

I was born and raised in New Jersey.  I relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2006 to pursue my art career.  I have been blessed to work and live in New Mexico for many years and it’s had a profound effect on my life and work to this day.  In 2012, I moved to Korea, then Taiwan where I continue painting the zen of life, as well as teaching art and English.

Joshualance.com

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