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When An Artist Dies…Their Lasting Impact

It was with great sadness that I saw that contemporary artist Rex Ray died yesterday.  I was in shock and then a wave of uncertainty came into my consciousness.  I’ve been following Ray’s work for a while and always been amazed by his use of shape, color, and proportion.  His art was identifiable and I’m sure his work inspired many artists that are working today.

It got me wondering about more than just the actual works of art living on beyond the life of the artist, but his inspiration on others.  What will be his legacy?  I know that he not only was a great artist, but lent his work to good causes in the community.  His impact goes far beyond the world of art.  As an artist, what will be left behind besides your physical works of art?

I know for me I love making art.  I feel compelled to create art and it’s more than just the physical piece you get to see, but for me it’s about the process.  I try and share my process about art making because I believe it’s more than about art, but about living.  For this reason I believe the PBS series “ART:21” was so important.  Watching an artist be interviewed while creating work inspired the body, mind, and spirit.  It gives the viewer a deeper understanding of more than just the art.  It provides each and every person a context for the work.  It allows us to share, what is often, a secret part of the artist’s life.  It’s a representation of the artist’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

The world is a crazy place physically, economically, socially, financially, and spiritually.  Art such as Ray’s gives us perspective about the world in which we live.  He provides an escape as well as an explanation.  His legacy on the world goes far beyond the colorful works he created.  His legacy is about how he lived and how he participated in our physical world!

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Artists Are Multi-Lingual

We’re all told about the benefits of speaking more than one language in a global economy. What language do you choose? If you’re an artist, the language to speak is the Visual Language of art. Art is a universal language. We don’t have to create dictionaries to appreciate and understand the work before your eyes.

We’re all told about the benefits of speaking more than one language in a global economy. What language do you choose? If you’re an artist, the language to speak is the Visual Language of art. Art is a universal language. We don’t have to create dictionaries to appreciate and understand the work before your eyes.

I was watching PBS last night looking for programming on arts and entertainment. Denver has a show called Arts District. The show shares information about art in the Denver Metro Area, but also shows stories about artists across the country. Last night one of the featured artists was Joseph Watson, a painter.

Watson lives in Las Vegas and works from the vantage point that art is a language. He shared that his ideas “fall out of the sky”. His work is modern and nostalgic. It tells the stories of life events that are common while being thought provoking. His work “The River of Rhythms” has musicians from all works of life in one vessel.

One of the projects he was a part of was a public art piece. He painted utility boxes in the community. The one piece was a large utility box and the piece was all about success. He showed the same woman many times around the box, but each time she represented a different occupation. It showed his respect for women and the confidence that woman/girls can be anything they want to be.

It’s this type of art that is empowering. Empowerment and the “I can” mentality can heal many injuries, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Artists like Watson show how art can wake up our creative intellect. Watson’s art inspires us to utilize our multi-lingual gifts to share our thoughts, ideas, and dreams.

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