Sometimes my artwork & writing have been the only way I have had to express what was going on inside of me. They may not always literally tell or reflect my story. However, they often represented a third person stage upon which I felt I could more safely and objectively sort out things.
Then, at other times, they were strictly a celebration. Flights of fancy for others to enjoy. Between the pages of Lester & Charlie's Journey I feel that you may find both.
Preparing this SKETCHBOOK has been interesting. I enjoyed selecting which parts to illustrate for the story, laying out the whole project, and trying to figure out precisely how I was going to put it all together.
As an artist and storyteller I have found most of my inspiration from life experiences. Then at other times dreams have delivered great surprises to interpret into my art. I have been drawing and painting well before I could write. I sold my first portrait when I was only twelve years old for $150 and my career as an illustrator began.
The landscapes of peoples lives, in their faces, are of the utmost interests to me. Every fascinating, tiny detail, delicately intertwined with everyone elses is somehow connected throughout the whole world. I love capturing little bits and pieces of each of them in the nets of my stories and pictures from time to time.
Public Schools seem to have ditched art programs to focus more and more in general on athletics all the way to the University level. Society looks on aghast at the graffiti, dropouts and destruction produced by young people whose voice we have severed, not providing them with an outlet to speak. They have no forum without the Fine Arts. Without a stage, a canvas, something where they can create and express themselves... they are INVISIBLE! I know because I was one of those voiceless kids. Without my art classes and my drawing I was almost as mute as a scared rabbit. I was terminally shy.
Society is falling apart. People are becoming more dysfunctional and desensitised by computer games by the heartbeat. We're told what to think and when to think it by the internet more and more. Art liberates the individual into expression, action and interaction. We cannot let this aspect of enriching creativity and development in schools go unnurtured. We need less focus on athletic programs and more focus on the fine arts.
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