What’s Your Signature? I’m not talking about the way you sign your checks I’m talking about how you sign our paintings and sketches. Some artists sign their artwork as if they’re embarrassed...they hide their signature, or make it so tiny no one can read it. Don’t hide your signature…let people know who you are!
I use to dread signing my artwork. I felt my signature wasn’t interesting. Many years ago I fell in love with old trucks and I began painting what would become a large series of paintings. I needed a signature that looked strong, and not like a sissy girl. I decided I would change my signature. I spent hours writing my name over and over until I was pleased. I still have the sketchbook that showed how my signature evolved until it became what I use today.
I am often asked if I use a stamp or stencil to sign my name. The answer is neither. To be honest at first I was a little annoyed with the question and one day I realized I had achieved what I wanted, people not only recognized my signature they remembered it…they remembered me! Now when people ask if I use a stamp or stencil I take time to show them how I do it. I sign my name freehand with a brush.
Many artists sign their names with those funny little initials after their signature, I don’t. People may think I haven’t achieved signature status in watercolor societies, I have. I am a signature member of North West Watercolor Society (NWWS), San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) and Watercolor West (WW). What are my reasons behind not wanting to use these esteemed initials? The best way I can explain it is like this. Placing society initials after my signature feels like I’m adding a logo or advertisement to my artwork. I don’t wear clothes with a logo plastered on the front or back of my clothes, either. My name is good enough! The initials I have earned belong on my resume, not on my artwork. I know this is a very personal choice and many will differ in their opinion…that’s okay. I have a choice what I put on my paintings.
In closing I’d like to share a thought. When we die and leave this earth we take nothing with us...but our name. Don’t hide your name/signature…let the world know you were here!