Look at the work of another cousin Lori Heimdahl Gibson and wonder again: nature or nurture? (I think it is both.)
|Luna by Lori Heimdahl Gibson (oil)|
Lori's Artist Statement explains her pull towards art:
"For me art is about being more fully alive. It is about "waking up" to see the beauty around me, and allowing a greater force to work through me. Whether doing or looking, I am more mindful and focused when engaged in art. It helps me to look at the world with new eyes, appreciating the amazing creativity of others and myself. Art is an integral part of my spiritual practice.
"I took my first drawing class in Minnesota in 1996, and since then have studied multiple mediums at St. Cloud State University in MN, UNM-Los Alamos, and Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, including art history, collage, cartoons, watercolor, sculpture, stone carving, ceramics, and, most recently, oils. I now have a studio in my home and am retired, so have made art a greater priority in my full life. I am still, though, a binge artist; just bursts of activity.
|Robert Gibson by Lori Heimdahl Gibson (bronze)|
"In December of 2015 I went to Esalen in Big Sur, CA, for a 5-Day Intuitive Painting workshop with Stewart Cubley, designed to tap into our innate creativity. This workshop has opened up a whole new way of painting for me that I find extremely joyful.
|Intuitive Painting by Lori Heimdahl Gibson (oil)|
|Bison by Lori Heimdahl Gibson (oil)|
"Having been fortunate enough to travel around the world to see many great works of art in person, I have come to believe that art is a powerful means for human beings to develop their highest and best selves, making this world a better place. In 1983 I got my private pilot's license, and must say that art is like having wings and flying, seeing life from a loftier perspective!"
Thank you, Lori, for explaining and showing the importance of art to anyone. We all are born with creative abilities.