I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the now 32 artists that have been featured in the Inspirational magazine. I have tried to pick artists that have come from different disciplines, have different lifestyles, and travel along different creative life paths. However, they all have similar intentions and that is to project their unique view of the world, through their artwork and out into the world of the viewer.
It is always wonderful to be able to see so much artistic work being produced, and we should feel ourselves lucky to be living in such extraordinarily creative times. It says much about a species that has so many problems, and so many potential problems, that it can find the effort to produce work that has depth, understanding, and sensitivity to both the human species and to the planet that they inhabit.
There is something significant about the creative work being produced today and that is that much of it seems selfless. By that I mean that the ego tends not to be as engaged as perhaps it was in the twentieth century. I am not saying that significant work wasn't produced in the last century, it obviously was and we should be grateful for the amount of effort that was put into innovation and experimentation during that century, but we seem to be in a period now where the name and ego of the artist plays a secondary nature to the perspective and projection of the work itself, and that can only be a good thing.
Artists seem to have become much more sensitive, much more aware of the finite balances and harmonies of the planet, understanding that nature is not just something out there, but that it is an integral part of our essence, of our souls if you like.
Life is all about connection, and it is the spreading and widening of those connections through harmony and balance that will take us from the world of the difficult adolescence of our species into one where the adult begins to flower, to flourish as never before.
Art can play its role in that transformation, artists are the examples of this change, they are the guides if you like, towards a better understanding and a better life harmony. The more connections that artists can make, the more their work can be seen, discussed, understood, the more this most fundamental understanding can spread.
So can artists change the world? You bet they can, and they are in the process of doing so one individual at a time, and for that we all have to be forever grateful. Artists are the flag-wavers for the new world to come, I am confident and assured of that, which is why there is a ttb, and why now there is an Inspirational.