I don’t think there’s a particular kind of Quaker artist. I have encountered some artists whose practice and work are contemplative. There are other artists that I would describe as activists, meaning that their work, whether performance or painting, addresses specific issues.
Being a Quaker has influenced me by underscoring my feeling that art can flourish better in communities outside the rigid art world structures, particularly the commercial art world. These structures create a culture of scarcity that can be toxic for all involved, perhaps especially for the artists. I believe art has lost much of its essential function within these structures, such as changing—and sometimes saving—peoples’ lives.
Being a Quaker has made me realize that my art practice has always been a spiritual practice at its core, an expression of the Light. I believe the idea that Quaker artists should be humble is a response to the ego-driven, competitive nature of art today. My remedy for this is to create new community-based art projects and platforms in which I collaborate with other artists and share my work with joy.