A Word from Our Artists #3

Have you received words of wisdom from mentors past which have stuck with you over the years?

Debra Keirce

Mentor: Artist Robert C. Jackson, PA
“Robert told me it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You ask a lot of these questions, but it’s not like you can do this today and get results tomorrow. If you’re in this for the long haul, you’re in this for the long haul. This is a 10, 20 year journey. Think of this as a journey. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for or accomplish your goals next year, you have the next 10 years to get that done.”

 Rob Gonsalves

Mentor: High School Art Teacher
“My high school art teacher had a bit of advice that really
stuck with me and affected my direction. When I first started
to attempt paintings of subjects that were from my imagination
the paintings were not like what you would describe as
surrealist ( or magic realist either ), but more of the realm
of Fantasy. I was working on something that had weird creatures
in a fantasy type environment, and my teacher pointed out that
the whole context of the image being fantastical made it hard
for the viewer to connect with it on any personal level. He
suggested transplanting the same weird creatures into a mundane
realistic environment, like a kitchen: a space that the viewer
would recognize as something from real life. The presence of my
invented creatures could then have the effect of being very
unsettling, or even humorous, depending on how the viewer
personally connected with that environment. I think this was
the beginning of me working toward what I think of as being
central to my style of Magic Realism, namely the depiction of
wondrous or magical occurrences as if they could physically and
convincingly happen as part of our day to day experiences.”

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