Artist Larry Seiler

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I can break my artistic journey down into specific identities, which are more honestly and truthfully known in the rearview mirror of time. Working backwards I relate it to either owning the gift or letting the gift own you.  Same with identities.  Why was it so important to be a "Somebody?" has become that essential introspection.  When such a need presses us in our youth, with the youthful ambitions to pursue and carry out, it can be a chapter filled with hard lessons learned and regrets.  Let's just say I went from building a career in the wildlife art biz, the collectible print era of the 70s-early 90s...having a number of agents and reps...tripped up to experience some very difficult times, and not just for myself to experience, but also my wife and boys.  The arts can be a demanding mistress and distraction from the reality of things.
Necessity in the mid 90s led to my re-entering the physical classroom to teach art.  That entire chapter right up and until retirement a few years ago, rooted out much of "me" that had been led this way and that, to a more content and comfortable, peaceful "being."  Not entirely gone, but the "identities" I chased for the most part unknowingly to prove myself a capable human "doing" have surrendered and yielded to know my value and worth is not in my "doings" but in the UnCaused First Cause Wholly Holy Other Unmoved Mover Absolute Giver Actualizer's estimation.  Coming to terms my "being" having value is not requiring proofs in "doing"...and the short end of that, is my painting has been rewarded I believe with a greater freedom, a being set "free!"  With brush in hand, paint at the ready, a viable means to celebrate living, learning, and nurturing gratefulness, thankfulness in my heart.  [...]

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