“The Humble Ms. Kitty Takes a Bow” “J. Fox Takes a Walk with His Imagination”
“Imagination through art allows for magic to happen, lifting the spirit and the heart during these uncertain times“. This is the title I chose for the up-coming exhibit at the Ashland Art Center that opens this Friday. The art that has come through me over the past few months has been cheering me up. I hope it has that affect on you too. My four year old Grandson, Jasper, inspired “J.Fox takes a walk with his Imagination”. On our walks together, he reminds me of treasures to find and magic to see. His imagination is vivid and strong. And it is a balm for my heart. I am reminded how important it is to nurture imagination, not just in children but in all of us. It is one of the joys in life. It is through imagination and dreams that new ideas are formed. If you can imagine it you can make it happen.
“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality“. Jonas Salk
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus“. Mark Twain
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination“. Albert Einstein
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will“. George Bernard Shaw
Sorry, I got carried away with the quotes. You get the idea. I say in my presentations and in my book, “Drawing On The Dream”, that I have a strong imagination and I am not afraid to use it! I am not afraid to trust my imagination either and let it reveal itself through my art and put it on display for others to see, feel and experience.
Because we are so bombarded by the media and bad news, and social media, I worry that we are losing our ability to see and imagine good outcomes in our world. God knows I struggle with this and I am at times devastated by the senseless cruelty done by people in our world. But, I refuse to give in to this hopeless view. My art is demonstrating a different point of view, a different outcome, a different possibility. I have a life affirming, magical, imaginative, story to tell. Honestly, it takes everything I’ve got to pull these characters and visual stories past all the barriers of worry, judgements, sad news, sick friends, doubts, fatigue, distractions and so on. This is my task as an artist and human- to not lose hope, to not give in, to stand my ground and fearlessly use my imagination and abilities to enhance our world. For our children and grandchildren’s sake and for the good of all beings.
Here’s to lifting spirits and hearts everywhere.
“Bear at Rest Tossing Worries Aside”