Artist Don Sinish

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Don Sinish60 Helmsman Ct.Essex, MD 21221don@sinish.com410-391-8393It was in my 5th week of Calculus II at Hanover College in the spring of 1971, when my great aha moment occurred.  I had tried majoring in Psychology, but found it too vague a science for my taste and was doing math because I had always found it to be easy.  I asked the prof my usual question, what is the point of these equations and learning to operate them.  He said that if I were a third year engineering student, the point would be clear and useful.  This group of equations described the expansion and contraction of aluminum at sub-zero temperatures.  I didn’t need to know that ever.  I realized that I was done with math.I was in art 101 and really enjoying it.  I went to the other art prof, Barney Cook, and asked him if I could transfer to his printmaking class.  He said that it was pretty late in the semester, but he’d OK it if the administration went along.  Then began my days of heaven, art school in the psychedelic era.  I transferred to Indiana University, Bloomington, graduated and eventually made my way to the Art Institute of Chicago and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  I was stunned that Henry Moore wrote back when I wrote him, and he even sent me two books on his work.  I was particularly moved by encounters with Greg Gillespie and Joseph Raffael.  Joseph convinced me over the course of a summer’s correspondence that the inner critic is of no value.  He wrote me that when his critic spoke, his art became harsh and contracted.  It was when he just gave his paintings love that his art and his whole life blossomed.  Thanks again, Joseph.    When I finally decided to get serious, I [...]

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