JEFF GRINSPAN

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All art starts a conversation. And communication is the way creativity speaks. I have always had the creativity gene. The ability to visualize the way you see the world, the way you interpret the world, the manner in which you feel the world can be a blessing and a curse. Ultimately, the conversation we start in our own mind or one between two people looking at the same piece of art is as unique to the piece as it is to the experiences and relationships forged by those sharing their reaction to art — real or imagined.

I started with crafts and painting at a young age. My mother encouraged me to express myself by making me take art lessons after it became clear I had no interest or talent for piano or figure skating When it came time to figure out what I was going to do to make a living at 18, it was clear to me that both she and my father felt that as an artist I would never be able to afford marriage, a mortgage or raising a family. So from 22, with a degree in environmental studies with very little relevance to art, to age 50, I did the next best thing. I got involved in a marketing and advertising career in publishing and later as the Director of Licensing for a company using artists work to adorn its products. Then, 14 years ago I walked away from that and began consulting with artists to help OTHERS earn a living from the results of THEIR own creativity.

In 2017 my ‘art DNA’ finally surfaced and I realized it was time for the conversation to turn toward me. I made the decision to start creating my own pieces and offer them for sale- as a way to communicate my creative perspective. My preferred ‘language’, it turns out, is dimensional collage art framed and presented as shadowboxed assemblages using everyday objects to start a conversation. When you see my work, it is my hope that the questions you ask and the feelings they evoke will fill you with a sense of never-ending curiosity and perpetual inspiration.

Creativity without conversation is like blowing out the candles on your birthday cake with no one around.