I offer this quote from Henry David Thoreau:
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
I often find myself sitting in a small camp chair beside a mountain trout stream, painting.
People that are fly fishing, come by and give me a funny look,
or sometimes a nod.
I know that we are there seeking the same thing, the same experience: to be in flow, in nature. For them catching is the only reward. They catch and release. For me, painting is the same. I am here to paint, not make a painting, but I do not return my paintings to the stream of leave them behind on the ground.
The logical place for these paintings is with someone who wants them.
Western State College, Gunnison CO.
Elective art classes at Western.
Ski bum and painter.
17 years utility worker in the mountains for the Denver Water Department.
20 years utility worker in the streets of Denver for the Denver Water Department.
Like any serious painter, I have experimented with painting for a living. I know and respect greatly folks who have put in the time and effort to actively promote and sell art as a livelihood. For me, however, my day job with Denver Water Department provided me a livelihood and time to become an amateur painter.
am·a·teur. (ăm′ə-tûr′, -tər, -cho͝or′, -chər, -tyo͝or′) n. 1. One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.