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Why do You Create?

by Clint Watson on 1/11/2010 4:23:07 PM

This article is by Clint Watson,  former art gallery owner/director/salesperson and founder of FineArtViews. You should follow Clint on Twitter here.

Do you feel the same way Sarah Lacy does?

"I physically need to make art. Art isn't just a hobby for me. It's not something that I “like”. It's an intense passion, an ecstatic love affair, with as much turmoil, frustration, exasperation and need as a forbidden liaison." – Sarah Lacy

Or, think about what successful artist/blogger/cartoonist Hugh MacLeod says:

 "The Hunger [to create] will give you everything. And it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it." - Hugh MacLeod

There’s a common thread among artists who succeed. They are passionate about what they do and, they don’t want to do anything else. In some cases, they don’t even feel they can do anything else.

If you’re passionate about your art, then this message is for you. Those of us who are passionate about art know something that will sound corny to the rest of you:

Art Changes Lives. Art Can Change the World. And Successful Artists Want to Change the World.

In most cases, changing the world starts inside of the artist. Look at Sarah and Hugh. Their world is already a better place…and thus, the world is a better place. Simply because they have both listened to that voice inside of them that says, you must create. Imagine Hugh stuck inside a cubical working on spreadsheets. Anyone who knows or follows him is laughing – that idea simply doesn’t compute…especially considering he calls many of his cartoons “cube grenades.” Or think about Sarah making smoothies all day instead of paintings….she’d be miserable (she actually did have a smoothie job…and she was miserable. You can read the entire tumultuous account on her blog at

The wonderful news is that as Dr. Stephen Covey said in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Private Victories Precede Public Victories.” Once you change your world, by listening to that little voice, to the Hunger…you change our world too. Your artwork is a gift…no….a responsibility. And you need to share it with the world. We’re all waiting for you to share it with us.

So, I ask you, why do you create?


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Lori Woodward
Because it's part of what makes up "me". I've been creating artwork pretty much since the age of 3. At age 4, I was told I couldn't use my crayons on the wall, so I crayoned on one of our family's original oil paintings.

My mom never cleaned off the crayon. It is written in my genes to want this life. It's important that I remember to nurture who I was made to be.

Esther J. Williams
I remember creating out of instinct before I knew how to draw an object. At first it was with crayons, I remember seeing the colors on the walls, I fell in love with color. Next it was with a pencil and I could draw lines and make shapes. Then in kindergarten I learned to fill in those shapes and construct pictures. The passion, the drive, the instinct, the exploration and rewards of transforming my reaction to whatever impacts me into a visual piece of art is why I create art. There is a healing in my being when I can silently communicate with a landscape, seascape or figure using the artistic language and fold those reactions onto my canvas. What is created is a piece of art, but the art is a piece of me and real life folded into one.

Kate Gwizdak Dardine
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I am driven to create by some unseen force inside of me - like many artists, I've been drawing since I could first hold a crayon. I think as humans we have a need to explore and communicate - I think artists experience that need on a much deeper level than most people.

Marsha Savage
If I don't create, I have what feels like withdrawal from happiness and fun. Hundreds of images are floating around in my head waiting to be released onto a canvas or paper.

Nature is my thing. There are always many images I have been observing in my head, along with adding new ones no matter where I am during the day. It all adds up to much that is begging me to put down with paint or pastel. How could I not create?

I don't remember creating when I was small, but I do remember daydreaming about hiking, camping, water skiing, flowers and grass, etc. It was there, the observing actions. Of course, I do remember the coloring and crayons thing we did as very young children. Wish my Mom had saved some of those so I could look back at what I did.

Anyway, I create because that is who I am! And I am that cliche that wants to bring beauty into my paintings -- I want them to be uplifting!

Marcia Litchfield
At the age of 22 while living in Italy, I left my house one day and walked to a store downtown. I found myself in the art department where I bought a canvas, a few brushes and some oil paints. I went home and painted a painting. It was as if someone else was painting. I knew exactly what to do and how to mix. I still have that painting and I have painted ever since. It has taken 30 years to stop trying to fit in a world that has too little understanding and appreciation of artists. When I stopped caring about fitting in, or painting what will sell or who likes or does not like my work I found freedom in creating. I have finally embraced the sheer pleasure of waking up every day feeling the passion of wanting to paint and the utter joy in the endless possibilities of what to paint.

Tuva Stephens
My whole life has been about being creative;it has been my passion. As I reflect on even childhood games, I created unusual games. I guess Vincent van Gogh said it best in a letter to his brother Theo, "There is something inside of me trying to get out." With no art classes in the rural school I attended, thank God my mother recognized my artistic abilities and made sure I received art instruction from correspondence art courses. I have spent my whole life creating with fabric,clay,paint,collage,designing sets,and teaching others the creative process. To be creative is my life and joy and I do it because I must.

Philip Koch
I'm far from the first person to note that making a painting is an act of love. We live for only a short time and yet are all struck by certain experiences or people. How could we not want to tell others as best we can about what means the most to use.

It is funny but I was just ruminating on this same question on my blog, asking what Rembrandt has to say to us living hundreds of years later than he did.

Philip Koch
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Lorraine Khachatourians
When I was young, I did create, and thanks to my mother, have some of those things I did make as a young teenager during the one and only art class our school provided. But art wasn't 'practical', so I spent a working life in the sciences. In my mid-50s as I was contemplating retirement, I decided to take the chance and try painting again. I also had a dream of a particular workshop in France that I had learned about years before. So when I retired, even though events almost conspired to prevent it, I went, and have been painting ever since. My dear uncle, a professional artist, encouraged me, and even though I still get the 'what, another painting?' from some family members, I just say, yes, another, and there will be more as I learn more and more every day.

Barbara P Hageman
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Why do I create? Well, it seems that there is usually a painting in my head that wants to get out...or several paintings all waiting to hit the canvas. Take yesterday: snow, sun, icy marshes filled with ducks, geese, buffleheads, all in motion. Facing the sun, the vista was almost black and white, with the sun over my shoulder, a tonalist delight. Or down at the pier, the fishing boats all clusterd at high tide, with fishermen in their colorful coveralls. How can I ignore them?

Discount Oil Paintings
For me I love nature.. There are always many images I have been observing in my head, along with adding new ones no matter where I am during the day.

Susan Ziots
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For me it started with crayons also, but my Mother was not a good sport about the drawings on her walls.(She pulled my hair) Luckily my Grandmother lived next door and she was appreciative and bought me some art supplies.

My Mothers negative attitude carried over into my high school years and even though I won several awards and my art teachers were determined that I should accept a scholarship. She opted to pay for "real" college instead.
So, off I went with notebooks adorned with lions and tigers and bears and horses. which got me my first commission to do a portrait by my accounting proffessor.

I've spent the next 30 years painting part time anyway. When I was not pregnant I painted in oils and that is definately my preferance, but when I had to put them in the closet for a year,I got out the quilting and watercolors.
I even made stuffed animals, crochet my own patterns of afghans, Decorated the nursery with acrylic murals ...anxiously awaiting the day when I could expose myself to oils again.
Creating just has to happen one way or another.

(My mother warmed up eventually when she came to one of my shows and now she owns several of my paintings and has purchased several for wedding gifts.)

Chuck Roach
My easel is set up next to some view-out windows in the lower level of my home. One of my neighbors, Jim, sometimes observes me painting on a new creation. Recently, Jim came over and I took him to see my -studio.  As he stood in front of my easel, he passed his hands over my containers of brushes and boxes of paints, and theatrically stated, -I sense addiction.  We both laughed, but his pronouncement made me wonder what drives me to paint.

Thinking way back to my early teens, I vividly remember going through the large size bible in our house that had the lovely color plates of biblical scenes, some painted by Michelangelo and others by Rubens. I was captivated by the colors and skill necessary to create such scenes. Using my limited poster paints, I even copied a few of the paintings in a rather naïve style. My mother saved one of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and wrote on the back, -Painted by Chuck, age 13.  Addicted at age 13? I do not think so. Some people would call that natural talent, but that would still leave the essential question unanswered.

As I grew to an adult, the poster paints gave way to oil painting with its mediums and other wonderful concoctions like dry gesso with rabbit skin glue, a quart bottle of retouching varnish with the price of $3.25 still marked on the label, and many tubes of paints. The box containing these precious art materials has moved with me the past 40 years, only occasionally being opened to create a painting to grace a wall in our house. Although I parted with almost all other possessions that I owned at times, my art box was never even considered. Why?

I can only answer the question by stating that I am compelled to paint and create things. My art box contains tools and materials that allow me to not only create paintings, but to continue the marvelous adventure of self-discovery. This knowledge keeps me painting with a sense of expectation, and although I cannot envision future paintings, I know that the best is yet to come.

Linda Wilder
"It's such a shame.Why aren't you using your gift?" someone once asked me along time ago. I replied "I didn't ask for this gift". After art school, 'real' life got in the way of my creativity and I was miserable. But I guess I needed the real world to grow and be who I am today...I'm so much happier now that I opened that gift box.

Sharon Weaver
Art was often an escape for me. In a turbulent home it gave me stability, in a claustrophobic steel mill town it was a window to the world, in NYC it was a way to make a living, and now it provides the peace that is so elusive in the modern world.

Becky Joy
I absolutely have to create. It is part of who we are. But from experience, I have also found that I need balance in my life. I had about 5 years of depression when I needed step away from the easel and take care of myself. I now pace myself, have a regular schedule (no more middle of the night painting). I could easily immerse myself into just painting, but I work on the balance and I think in the long run it is helping my painting.

Helen Horn Musser
Hi Clint, The pressure an artists feels inside to create could cause one to explode. It is so deep inside and the need grows if you are not painting. Artists want to always be improving and learning new avenues with their work. I assume other people feel the same in their work even if they are not artists. It is the driving force behind all mankind's efforts to contribute with a talent. God gives us talents to perfect and we must do that.

Sue Martin
Thank you, Clint, for challenging me to attempt to articulate the answer to that question..."Why do you paint?" For me, it's definitely a passion...something I crave, something that feeds me as nothing else does. But more than that, it fulfills a sense of purpose and meaning. I believe we are each given certain gifts and my life purpose is to develop and use my gifts in ways that make life joyful and meaningful for myself and anyone who connects with me. I've actually started paintings with meditation and prayer, to connect with whatever it is deep inside me that drew me to a particular subject and to pray that I will be able to express that in a way that connects with others.

Claudia L Brookes
I used to spend a lot of time with speadsheets, too--my present art career was preceded by 33 years in the medical publishing field, where I "climbed the ladder" from copy editor to copy writer to marketing assistant to marketing director to publisher over the years. The good thing is that I could bring all of that business experience--editing, writing, production, marketing, financial--to my present job as an artist. However, I sometimes say, although it isn't strictly true, that the worst day of being an artist is better than the best day of being a publisher. So why do I create? Well, I have always "created," and also have been "creative," whatever the job at hand. But being an artist and "making art" gives me many more opportunities to express that creativity than my old day job did, and it is much more direct. I put in a certain amount of creativity, and out comes a painting, a "creation." I like that.

Amy Tuso
Creating art is a passion for me. It allows my soul to speak, to come out and play and show the world that there is so much more than just "living"! There is so much joy to be shared.

Judy Mudd
Wow, what a great question. So why do I create art? It is all about that passion for the creative process, isn't it. So much passion, that it almost becomes consuming. I find I wake up thinking about art and go to sleep dreaming about it. That's when I get some of my best ideas and concepts!

I started painting later in life and now I wonder how I ever lived without it. I want to spread this passion to other people so they can experience their own kind of joy. I find teaching watercolors has given me a wonderful opportunity to share with others and also a way to challenge my development as an artist.

But you are right about the difference between those that have the passion and those that do not. In my classes (and with my colleagues), I can tell which have it and which do not. Usually the "haves" progress more quickly and enjoy the process tremendously. It's more than just knowing techniques and the artistic process, the "passion" is revealed in their paintings.

Tuva Stephens
Art is who I am. It was my career as an art teacher and now I am trying to paint full time. I truly think I would shrivel up and die if I could not paint and/or study about art. I agree with so many comments here.

Dena McMurdie
I create because I have an inner drive, a passion that will not die. Once I have an idea in my mind, it lingers around and pesters me until I am forced to paint it. I MUST create. My inner drive pushes me forward and makes me search out subjects and inspiration that propel me onward.

Michelle Basic Hendry
Wow! What a response...

I was told that art was only a hobby, so I went to university to study history, with a nice helping of English, art history, astronomy, philosophy, geology, botany - classic symptoms of a creative person. I studied for my Canadian History exam by drawing a old 19th c. pioneer log cabin. (I still managed to do alright on the exam...) I worked in heritage, food services, commercial radio and, briefly, in a lab before deciding that I HAD to do something creative.

I have tried everything... the irony is, I now paint historic and abandoned rural buildings as well as landscapes. I knew that I liked to do that at 19... LOL! I used to think I was smart....

Claudia L Brookes
Yup--Michele makes me think of how many notebooks in middle school, high school, college, and then graduate school had the margins filled with sketches of the instructor, classmates around me, horses, dogs, elephants dancing (no, I can't answer that one)--the margin sketches would spread out into the body of the notebook page, and then, at some point, I would simply stop hearing the instuctor....

Carol Schmauder
Creating is as important to me as breathing. I raised nine wonderful kids and had little time to paint or create anything else except a good meal, help create a science fair project, instruct a child on creating a bath towel out of terry get the picture. I was excited whenever I found a few minutes to do a little painting on the side. Freedom came to me in March of 2009 when I was able to quit my job fighting with insurance companies for payments for the doctors I worked for and I now have freedom to paint whenever want to. What a wonderful thing it is to explore the world of art and to hopefully grow in the paintings I create.

Bunny Oliver
Funny this article should appear today just as I'm preparing to present "Created to be Creative" at our church's women's retreat. The premise is that we are created in the image of our great Creator, and as such we are called to join in creation.

Our calling may be in music, visual arts, writing, cooking, , needlework, gardening, creating a loving and beautiful home, desiging websites--any of a myriad of things--but it is our responsibility to follow that calling and share our creations with others. It is not our responsibility to decide if our efforts are worthy or not or how they will be used. Just as VanGogh didn't sell a painting in his lifetime and Guttenburg didn't know how many Bibles would be printed and distributed through the centuries, we may never know how our art is used and how it affects others, but be assured there is a plan for it. That plan may be as simple as providing us with joy in the creation, thereby making us more interesting and pleasant people to those around us, and that is very important.

One of the greatest joys of my career has been to create a scholarship fund for impoverished young people in a village in Honduras so they can continue their education beyond the 6th grade, the time when many of them leave school to work to help support their families. Ten years ago the program started with money from sales of 10 of my paintings of Honduras, along with giclees and note cards. To date, we have provided approximately 300 scholarships. It grew beyond just income from sales of my artwork and now includes sponsorships provided by many people--multiplying the joy of helping a young person. We've had about 20 high school graduates, and several are going to college. The friendships formed with the students are priceless. Had I not answered the call to go to Honduras to help build houses and to paint the beautiful people and places, not only would many of these students had to leave school, but I and many others would have been denied the great pleasure of sh aring our treasures with them and becoming their friends.

Thanks for the article, Clint. It makes us stop and think what a privilege it is to share in creation.

Esther J. Williams
Clint, you asked why do we create. Why do we have a passion for art? Although I have commented on why I create earlier, I have pondered the question further and have add my two cents:
Passion is a feeling, a strong feeling. Creativity is a visual, mental and emotional urge to produce a tangible piece from within ourselves. Combine those two together and you got artists who can`t help themselves, it is who we are and there`s no denying it. Since there are so many artists in this world who share this passion, I think it is a soulful calling for us to create for the world`s benefit. You can just see it in these replies/comments from many other artists. We are all fulfilling a desire to create an enlightened world. Art is healing, it can be disturbing too, some artists want to rock the world with a statement. It makes me feel good that whenever I create, I am giving the world a new visual imagery so someone else can feel my passion. It`s sharing an ideal. We wouldn`t want to deny people to feel good or yourself for that matter, if it`s a good thing like art, therefore we keep on creating. The therapeutic benefits of art are addicting, we have to get more of that passionate high. Once a new painting or sculpture, etc.. is complete, a little sadness sets in, the cycle to create from within our inner self starts again with a new creation. It is self perpetuating. I am in between paintings right now and I have this nagging feeling to start another, I wish I could hire a robot to do all my housework, pay my bills and cook the meals so I can just paint.

peggy appleby
My primary purpose in creating art work is NOT to impress others, have a product to display, or make money. I paint because I MUST in order to feel at peace with the world and myself. I paint to express and share my deepest feelings and emotions and, hopefully, to touch the souls of others.

Linda Wilder
well said Esther...I feel the same I'm sure most artists do.

Marge Heilman
I feel that two-dimensional art is an essential communication beyond the written word, a piece of music or physical expression. It draws from one's personal experience, emotion, observation and creativity to present the viewer with a visitation to a place real and unreal energized by the flow and rhythm of form light and color. It is a one-of-a-kind, never before and never again production and good, bad or indifferent it will never be rendered in the same way again. Sophisticated copies of historic originals do not possess the energy of the original Rembrandt, Monet or Sargent.
I create because of a deep need to celebrate and share. I use artistic expression as my vehicle.

Carol Schmauder
Your words echo my thoughts Marge, as do the words of many of you.

Helen Horn Musser
I appreciate very much everyones thoughts; know how you feel, I especially like Philip, Hugh, and Chuck's thoughts; just a few male artists and many women. Come on guys I know you are strong and silent most of the time but, this is your life. Chuck rang a bell with the Bible photos of old masters of characters Jesus and so many more. Touched my soul

Nancy Park
I find that the time I spend writing takes away form the time I spend painting. Whenever this happens I get impatient with myself, because both are creative outlets. Guess which one wins? I'm going back to my painting right after I send you this message.

Michael Cardosa
Taking nothing away from Sarah Lacy or Hugh MacLeod I believe there are as many reasons to create as there are artists, or people. For me, I have a very simple reason, I do it because I can and it makes me happy to do so...

Helen Horn Musser
Thank you Micheal for your expresion deeply felt

Carole Rodrigue
Wow, there are so many great responses to this thread and each person has interesting answers. There's the common "crayon" theme as well, just like me. I used to be crazy obsessed with drawing and coloring from a very early age, and was quite good, better than a child my age should've been. I'd use up so many coloring books, run over to my aunts and use up my cousin's until my aunt would scold me for using up all the coloring books. In the third grade, I got slapped on the hand for not stopping my project when told to in art class. This made me even more stubborn and want to draw more.

In the 8th grade, they made us paint a fall scene and use perspective. The teachers loved my painting so much, they came out with the firt annual art prize, with mine of course, being the very first awarded.

When I was 14 or 15, my mother brought me to her oil painting classes as a way of keeping me out of trouble. Although I loved painting, the classes bored me because all I did was paint from a Walter Foster book. My painting was just as good as the one in the book, and I felt resentment from the women in class. So, I decided to just stay home and paint.

It's clear for me that art and creating has always been an innate part of me, a passion, something that could never be ignored. The times I did put aside my creativity were the worst times of my life. Like most here, I'm driven and passionate. I see images and must get them out on canvas. Jobs have always made me miserable, and the only reason I'm doing okay with my current job is because I'm helping people. But someday, art will be the main focus of my days, once I can make a living from it and replace my job. I live for that day . . .

Olivia Alexander
For many years I denied myself the creative life - Running around after everyone, being what they wanted me to be; I was miserable. A serious illness made me assess my life and how I wanted to spend it. Art was top of the list. I now think, do and breathe art everyday. Maybe I'm obsessed, who cares! I've never been happier. I AM AN ARTIST, that's who I'm meant to be.
Ciao, Olivia

Debra LePage
It just feels like a yearning-an ache in your heart. I feel the same when viewing certain art. Most recently when viewing work of the Wyeth clan at The Farnsworth in Maine. And always when viewing the old Masters.

Carol McIntyre
To make people smile, laugh, cry, think, reflect, enjoy, imagine, remember, go beyond the frame, etc. There is nothing more satisfying.

Elaine Bailey
Why I create?---interesting question because I'm not sure there's an answer. It's something inside me that just is -a yearning, a necessity, a desire so strong I just must create. My mind is always creating something out of something else no matter what subject it might be. Always working on ways to change, make better, re-invent.
Even in jobs I've had that are somewhat mundane (and those jobs didn't last for long)I was creating ways to change.
I feel good abou myself when I'm creating. I feel I'm contributing something to the world.
Why - because I HAVE TO

Tuva Stephens
Artist are blessed! I have so many adults tell me they wish they were creative and could paint. Those of us who are artists probably should give thanks everyday for our ability to see the world and people in a different way. We have the ability to communicate that world to others. It was magical when I taught art in high school and could teach students "to see." So many found an outlet they did not even know existed before not only in art but drama. The arts literally changed their lives. I was truly blessed to give them something they considered priceless.

Helen Horn Musser
I love it! Happy eyes are happy paintings

Charlotte Herczfeld
I create to live. Painting is my life.

Donald Smith
Why do I create??? I love the entire process from sitting and looking at the scene using a view finder, to squeezing paint on to the palette, trying different thumb nail sketches, figuring out a Notan, and painting a small 1  x 1.5  notan with 3 to 5 gray scale pens, slapping on an imprematura, transferring the chosen sketch, then starting with big shapes and then refining the painting until I don't think there is anything left to refine. Sometimes I don't think I captured my inspiration, but others still like the painting.
It's a love affair with creating, experimenting, and growing as an artist and seeing improvement from one painting to the next. Paintings that fail this year, I learn from, and next year I might be able to paint them successfully. I love the feeling of going from one failure to the next, until I finally get it right, and then a since of accomplishment and satisfaction comes. If it sells, then it reinforces me, that others not only like my art, but love it enough to buy it and hang on their walls.

janet checker
Why do I create, I honestly don't think I have a choice. if it wasn't painting, In a previous life (a few years ago) I did weaving, I worked in advertising, I did interior design and the list goes on. The creative process is as much a part of me as my breath. Being creative is an adventure that never ends

Tracy Wall
Excellent post, Clint. Thanks for making me think!

Why do I create?
I believe it's all about communication, communication, communication.

I think everyone has a compelling need to communicate with others. Some through the written word, some through movement, action, painting, touch, through voice, whatever.

And we all have something to say. Even though I'm still trying to find my 'visual voice', I would hope that folks take something away after seeing my work. Course I'd really appreciate it if they took the painting away and paid me a fair market value, but as long as they take something away -- a viewpoint, a feeling -- I've done my job.

That's not to say it's all just a big love fest when I create. I think that's a huge misconception by those not in the creative fields. An artist does not just roll out of bed, feel the love of creating, and then paints a masterpiece. Sometimes it's hard to get myself into the studio, usually due to fears, unrealistic expectations, etc.

Diane Tasselmyer
When I first started getting serious about my artwork a teacher told me to "paint everything".(subject matter). It truly helped me define what I love to paint and what I can paint well.
Fortunately those two have pretty much married themselves. I never feel like I don't know what to paint. It's the opposite...there is so much to be painted and I hope to be painting forever!

Diane Tasselmyer
To feel like a complete person, I MUST create.
After spending a number of years as an industrial clay modeler, I realized it didn't give me fulfillment in an artistic sense. Being stressed with no time to create MY art (which had nothing to do with clay), my husband and I made some life changes.
Now I can nurture that need and we are both happy.

Bob Ragland
Maybe I said this before, but I will say it again. I create art because it's something I am compelled to do. My work is like a journal of my life,I can look at each of my works and know what was going in my life when I made the work.

We artists get to have some immortality by making the art we do.

Me , I just like making stuff, solving an artistic problem.

When one makes art they have a way to account for their time on the planet, in my opinion.

Tuva Stephens
Bob, I totally agree with you comment above. It is so great to be confirmed and know that others feel the same way about being an artist.

I create because I must.
I can not imagine a life without it!!
It's where I find my peace, my god - Heaven.

Bob Ragland
Just think of all of the people in the world who never leave anything behind.
Artists aways have the work that they make for people to see.
Hey, we can see the Mona Lisa, can't we?

I like to make "stuff", so I would make the art anyway.
Now ,I make an effort to get as much of into circulation as I possibly can.
Modesty leads to oblivion.
You can quote on that.

Bob Ragland-nonstarving artist in Denver.

Helen Horn Musser
Bob, Your comments are very refreshing and yes, we do see the Mona LIsa and love it. I'm happy your like to make stuff; true artistic nature. Keep up the good work. Modesty is a virtue but, combining modesty with cleverness is enduring.

J.J. Allwood
Awesome Clint. This was a pleasure to read, I love how connected I feel right now to so many artists from so many places, another family.

I have painted since I was nine but always loved and won awards for art in school. I still have all my school stuff with imaginative stories covered with colorful art. My first paintbrush would sit in a glass of water while I drew and painted and I would hold it with such intensity painting tiny details it eventually curved to fit comfortably in my hand. Now it's a world on canvas.

The images I have seen or imagined scream to get out and eventually do when a break from parenthood and curating a gallery in Newfoundland arise. I too am going now to paint summer's last peonies from my mothers garden.

I hope others are also inspired to paint. An art gallery is my church, leaving me filled with inspiration and serenity.

Delilah Smith

I paint because I just have to. It seems when I feel defeated and think may be I should rethink this I sell 3 paintings that day. It encourages me to keep going.Why do I paint the way that I do? Heck if I know it just seems to flow that way. I have tried to change but it is not me, doesn't feel right, I am out of my skin. I paint like I do because I like it.It makes me feel swept away into my own timeless world.


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