It’s the time of year when we all look back on the past year as well as looking forward to the coming year to make plans and also wonder what’s to come.
In that line of thought, I own a lot of poetry books and love to read them, mostly because of the influence of my mom who was a renown author back in the day. My favorite poetry books I bought used after a lot of searching through an enormous used book store in Salt Lake called Sam Weller’s.
The artist in me gets inspiration and clarity from these books and I’ve been reading them even more intently over the last few days.
Here’s one poem in particular, called Survival by Margaret Moore Meuttman asking what will be remembered in 1000 years. Here’s just a piece — the last stanza:
Perhaps a prayer, perhaps a song,
Fashioned of love and tears,
But only beauty,…only truth
Will last a thousand years.
I love that last line, “only beauty, only truth will last a thousand years.” It’s hard to describe how much work goes into creating just one image, even though I work hard to make it look easy. Nevertheless, an enormous amount of time, talent, and love goes into every project so that you can enjoy your custom portraits now, for years to come, and also by future generations.
Over the holidays, many clients called me later to thank me again for their orders. That really meant a lot to me. I also want to thank you all again for hiring me as your personal family artist in 2008. I love what I do and appreciate that fact that you all love what I create.
I am so proud of the work I was able to do this year. I feel it was my best work ever, and I know I will create even more spectacular images for you all in 2009.
See you all soon!
Because of the introspective nature of this blog entry, I thought it appropriate to post this image I created of the Salt Lake Temple, titled, “Mountain Tops.” The title is a reference to the Old Testament use of mountains as a symbol of the temple — thus the phrase, “Mountains of the Lord.”
Well that’s it for now. Have fun viewing the images and browsing the rest of this blog and call me if you’d like some portraits created for you or your family.