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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Live out loud

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

Artists, like writers, share their view of how they are "living" their world through their work.  I recently heard an interview with Jenny Braig, who grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, on the shores of the Mississippi, and now lives in Spearfish, S.D.  Her works reflect both worlds -- that in which she grew up and that in which she resides, from the back-country beauty of the Black Hills to the sweeping prairielands and farm fields between there and the Mississippi.

"The beauty of the landscape is what really inspires you to paint," she told her interviewer.  "People should appreciate the land -- that is what really forms you."

Artists -- whether painters, writers, songwriters, or performers are tasked with the obligation to "live out loud" and share their worlds.

To see (and listen) to a bit of Jenny Braig's interview and see an example of her work, go to: 


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