Artistic Journeys is an online publication that explores the lives of creative individuals as they share their experiences. April 2020 features Raquel Bigby.

Artistic Journeys – April – Raquel Bigby

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Thank you for all the comments telling me how much you are enjoying the interviews. It means a lot that you have taken time out of your day to contact me. Let me address a few things, so we are all on the same page.

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You are probably noticing by now that many of the artists that produce beautiful work take their time to do it. They don’t turn out an art piece daily; in fact, they rarely turn one out each week. They take their time and work on their craft and only turn out their best work.

One thing that stood out to me with Raquel is how much art has been weaved into her life. It has been a healing balm for her life. She has experienced more pain and tragedy than anyone I know. Frankly, I marvel at her inner strength to continue on in life and continually move forward no matter what trial comes her way. She has taken life’s bitter moments and turned those into artistic works.

Because I know a bit more about her life story, I can now understand why I find her artwork so compelling. To me, her artwork always has some kind of mood attached to it. It is never just a picture of something. There is always something that resides within it that produces a deeper thought. I like that in art. When an artist is able to have art speak to the viewer, they have attained a deeper level of creating, I think.

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5 Responses

  1. Lizzie

    This is a beautiful collection of works! I love the cover picture of the magazine, as well as the one of the swan. Getting to see behind the scenes into the life of the creator makes the artwork even more meaningful.

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