Like many artist's around the world, I look forward to the weekly email letters from fellow artist Robert Genn and his musings on all things artistic. This morning I received yet another great letter about the "painter's high". I don't often reply, but this morning was an exception and I thought I would share my reply to Robert here.
Dear Robert, The comments from your artist friend that "art is a reliable means of leaving something of ourselves behind" particularly hit a note with me. With sincere humility, I have long felt that art is about leaving my mark on the wall of time. Like graffiti, the creative act is a way to say, "I was here. I lived. This is who I was. These are my memories, my response to this time and place. This I leave for you." No great expectations, just an honest handprint.
Always great to share thoughts with other artists ... and art-lovers.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art