To affect the quality of the day,
that is the highest of arts.

– Henry David Thoreau

ARTWISE brings us full circle.

When I was young, I was small for my age. It was a constant battle figuring out ways to fend off the brutes and bullies. Mother said, “you must simply outsmart them, use your head, learn the Fine Arts of deception and trickery.” This is my first memory relating to the Fine Arts, at this point I knew that I must be an Artist. Survival depended on it.

Survival yeah right, sixteen years later I found myself the graduate of a fine university, a bachelor well versed in the concepts and aesthetic of deception and trickery, with a smattering of painting, sculpture, and oh yes, the history of it all, ready to survive.

To make the Artistic statement is difficult at best. I believe that it was best stated by Thoreau when he wrote, “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” So if the things that we make and show, these things that we attempt to sell, for the sake of survival effect this day, our goals will have been met. We should all work towards this. Survival depends on it.

By March of 2014 I found we had survived.  I was ready to walk away from the working world, and focus all my efforts on that smattering of Painting, Sculpture and oh yes, the history of it all… For the past three and a half years the day to day focus has moved to travel and discovery, art making, and documentation of it all… Artwise

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