It is the job of the artist to work their job like any other. Every morning we must wake, dress and put ourselves in the chair. We must take up our paint brushes, pencils, paper and erasers and start again. Today may be the day the painting or drawing comes out better than hoped. It may also be a learning day. Learning not to overwork a watercolor. Learning not to erase too hard. Learning that this red and that yellow do not make the desired orange. It is the job of the artist to show up anyway. We paint and draw in the hope that we will be present, and our skills sufficient, when a work of art is ready to be born that contains some truth that will transcend today and be relevant to a world that craves hope, insight and inspiration. I remind myself this because I have been ill and can't seem to get to the chair and take up the tools and make anything I would want another to see. I must do it anyway, because it's my job. It is also my job to learn to build this website and use social media and engage the public; because, what use is art that is never seen?
Sherry Barrett is an active artist who takes inspiration from great works of literature, historical figures, and wise people.