"I'm a very sentimental person, and I've always wanted to keep a journal. And I've just always loved the idea of marking every day and remembering where you were and what you did and just really grasping hold of it and putting it down," Loots says.
Loots sold all of the 730 paintings she created in 2013 and 2014. Prints of her pieces are being displayed in the "Ants in NYC" exhibit at a Brooklyn gallery, serving as a retrospective of a two-year career.
"I'm little embarrassed about the earlier stuff," Loots says. "I don't know, I think that's one of the nice things about a show like this, is that you can actually see progression and you can see that it's not just a pointless exercise. You grow as an artist and your style changes and you learn things and I think that's wonderful about it. But yes, I feel very proud."
"Some people, the work is all about concept, and for me it's lot about the skill and the time and the patience that it takes to actually put paint to paper, so that's a painter in my mind," Loots says.
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