After practicing many facets of dentistry for the past 41 years I will soon be retired. You might be surprised to know ART is a MAJOR part of performing dentistry every day. We must consider shape, texture, color, lighting, surrounding structures and much more to produce beautiful smiles and even small resin bonded restorations. So making a move to this form of creativity is actually more natural than one might think.
I am excited about this new journey. A little over a year ago i took my then 9 year old granddaughter to the Hobby Lobby in Newnan to take a “Paint Pouring” class. We both fell in love with it and decided to do more at home. From those innocent beginnings intended to just give me something to share with my granddaughter I have evolved through watching countless videos, experimentation and just trying ... what if’s. Trust me it is a journey... often disappointing, but more often a source of immense satisfaction.
There is no “natural” explanation as to why I was honored recently by having a piece accepted for the Southeast Regional Art Exhibition in LaGrange, GA. ` I have received so much encouragement from seasoned artists and interest in my work from casual observers to those who attempt to explain to me “why it works”.
I’ve learned you cannot exist without art... It is EVERYWHERE.. If your eyes can see or your fingers feel... YOU can enjoy the art around you. I know I will be experimenting with other forms of artistic expression. I hope you enjoy ride along with me.
My granddaughter whispered to me recently, “Poppa.... are you famous?” I cannot tell you how that simple statement warms an old man’s heart. I told Khylie, “No honey. Poppa’s not famous... more like infamous ... but we are working on it.” She loves me anyway.
Here’s a little interesting aside.... If you see my signed work you will notice a STAR and the year in one corner, usually in gold. Quick story.... The star is actually my initials, JV, positioned in such a way as to appear to be a star. There will be to periods to distinguish the letters J. and V. .
When my wife and I started dating her sister referred to me as the STAR on Kathy’s Christmas tree....so that’s it. BTW... She’s my HEART... Watch for HEARTS in the future. :)
John Vollenweider, DMD