I was recently in a meeting with the folks from Visitors Media, the awesome people who revamped my website. We were talking my about the why: what motivates me, what wakes me up before dawn to paint a sunrise and then share it on social media for all to see. It’s not an easy question, but like most questions, once you answer it, it seems so obvious — like, how didn’t I see this all along?
For me, the answer came when I asked if, in my final days, I wished I’d done anything in this world, what would I want to know that it was? And the answer was so obvious when I asked it that way. What mark, what influence, do I wish to leave on my fellow human beings?
It would be that I had shared a love of art and nature to other people — made them look at the sunrise just a little bit longer, noticing the details of the colors, how turquoise and purple and neon red and pink and orange the sky can be. That maybe just a few people noticed nature just a little more closely, took a little more joy when surrounded by its glory. That maybe after a long lifetime of sharing my passion, a few people saw paintings and paused just wee bit longer to notice the details, the brush work, the magic.
So I’m hoping maybe you can help me out with this. Maybe take just a moment longer when you’re in nature, a garden —oh my goodness, gardens — flowers and sunsets, and the more subtle things like the bark of a tree, moss and mushrooms.
Next time you’re confronted with a piece of art, pause and consider it. What might the artist have been thinking? What might they have been inspired by? What was floating their boat? But more important, what floats your boat? Because ultimately, it’s about you, the viewer, and how you interpret art. But it’s fun to consider the maker, what they might have been thinking and how that measures up to you, and what you’re thinking!
Cheers to art and nature, and, most importantly, to all of you!