Gene Sasse Photo of Woody Hansen


“Contrary to popular and even professional opinion, I believe one must not necessarily be a great draftsman to become a competent painter. I suggest drawing and painting can be thought of as two similar but, different symbiotic skills. There is an important reason for this.

The ability to draw a straight line has more to do with fine Craft than Fine Art. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by what they feel is an inability to draw that straight, but too often, expressionless line. Sadly, they erroneously conclude they lack any art talent and, frustrated they give up too soon.

Blinded by the quest for the photographic ideal, many talented, potentially creative people  fail to see or appreciate the beauty of their own personal mark, their valuable special gift that makes them unique.

I think it fair to note that the road to becoming an artist takes a long time, combined with a healthy ego, an open mind, hard work, thick skin, being ignored, patience, and perseverance.

The artistic journey may take many paths including, but not limited to academic training as well as the many forms of self guided education, by way of books, DVD’s, workshops, private classes, etc.

I share artist Frank Webb’s opinion that art is better appreciated than judged. Furthermore, it s helpful to remember that the seduction of marketing, promotion, commercial acceptance, awards, peer evaluation, and sales are not the only indicators of one’s worth as an artist; indeed, if one is not careful they  may  –in the long run– actually become impediments to personal discovery and creativity.

We may find comfort in the words of Mary Corita Kent who noted, “There is no mistake. No right, no wrong, only make.”