Saturday, December 27, 2014
This amazing work was produced by my daughter, Dorian. Though developmentally disabled, she is confirmed in her sincere belief that her full identity is that of "artist."
This piece measures 22" x 29" and is in pen and ink, black and white. The level of expertise developed over the years is evident here in the depth, shading, layering of images, and deserves framing and a place on the wall of my living-room beside the work of the professionals that I've managed to collect over those same years. She found her soul through the self-esteem acquired from exposure to the outstanding artist instructors (ceramics, textile work, painting, drawing, etc.) who've devoted their lives and careers to working with "outsider" artists who share life at Richmond's National Institute for Artists and Disabilities (NIAD).
I'm off to the art shop on Telegraph Avenue to have it matted and framed for posterity!
Were it not for such balancing features to life on earth, I don't believe I'd want to wake up tomorrow morning ... but with such blessings to be searched out and treasured ... we'll settle for at least a few more eternities!