The Artist

What is an artist?
Websters dictionary defines it as:
1 a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts b archaic : physician c archaic : artisan
2 a: one who professes and practices an imaginative art b: a person skilled in one of the fine arts
: a skilled performer; especially : artiste
: one who is adept at something artist> artist>

To me an artist is someone like my grandmother. Actually she was an Artist. You could hear her add the Capital "A" when she said it. And she was right.

My grandmother is my hero. Possessing infinite strength and a faith and self confidence that seemed almost impossible. She knew exactly where she stood on every issue and she KNEW she was right because as she would remind you "I am an Artist!".

She also was an artistic genius and worked in many mediums. Sculpture, painting, drawing, she even sewed and did crochet (although for most of her life this was out of need rather than want). As she would quickly tell you when you admired her work- she was a straight blue ribbon prize winner. Winning first place in every exhibition and contest she ever entered. She was even approached by some museums to display some of her work.

From the time I was a little more than a baby, my brother and I had "art lessons" when we spent our summers with her. We painted and even got to do some ceramics at the senior center she worked at. Its from her I learned without being taught the importance of color, composition, balance, perspective etc... All the fundamentals for good art. At the time it seemed more like play than work and I think it was this early exposure that instilled a profound love of being creative that still is a tremendous passion of mine.

Every single time I sit down and do something creative I am reminded of her. I feel her hands carefully guiding mine the same way they did when I was 3 or 4. I wish I had told her just how much I appreciated this tremendous gift she bestowed upon me. All I can do now is dedicate my work to her as I still stand humbled in her artistic shadow.

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