Is the creative spirit passed from one generation to another by dna or by example?
In our family, resistance to art seems futile. Art is in our blood, whether we like it or not!
In the past 100 years our people have produced a broad spectrum of artists: opera singers, voice teachers, writers, quilters, musicians, master gardeners, photographers and me – a decent painter and a struggling but enthusiastic writer.
We artists work hard, usually for small reward. Thank God for our day jobs, our life boats on the ocean of creativity. Often art seems more of a burden than a blessing, but we were born compelled to create. All it takes is a spark. The night my mother showed me how to draw stick figures changed my life for ever.
Ultimately, however, only one thing matters – we’ve planted the creative seed. As it reaches into the future will it play out, all traces lost forever, or will it culminate in some brilliant flash of talent, talent we will never see and can only imagine?
What artistic fruit hangs from the branches of your family tree?