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Art is all about feelings to me and an artist is one who takes the feelings that he or she feels when they perceive something and then tries to captures those feelings for oneself and for others to share in. It is not about one's formal education in the arts or about whether one makes it their profession or not, it is about doing it...period...doing art that is. Thus, I consider myself a self-styled and self-taught student of the arts.
Sometimes, I think I was born with a pencil in my hands. At least, the callous between my index finger and my second finger has been there as long as I can remember and it is definitely from holding a pencil and then later a pen extensively. In later years, I took up the paint brush as well, facing the challenge of being partially colour blind and working on canvas with values of hue and tone.
Lately, I have returned to my strengths developed working in pencil and pen and ink but turned it toward a new medium, wood-burning, or pyrography as some call it. It is the carpenter in my blood, calling out to work in a medium of wood. My father was a true carpenter, a master of the wood craft and not just a framer or builder. I inherited my affinity for wood from him and now apply that affinity to pyrography and to a growing extent, woodcarving.
I have always loved expressing my creativity, whether it be with the visual arts or the written, it is an essential part of expressing who I am. A picture may be worth a thousand words but it is art as well to paint a picture with a thousand words. Yet, regardless of the medium, it is at the heart of all art to share it with others. This I hope to continue to do...with all my heart.