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On Being An Artist…

On Being An Artist…

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

“So Garry, just how long have you been an Artist?”

Wintering Elephant Rocks 15x30 acrylic on canvas

Wintering Elephant Rocks 15×30 acrylic on canvas

Since the day I could scribble with a pencil or a crayon. I have a photo of myself with a Kodak Brownie hanging around my neck when I was nine. I took my camera everywhere. When I was a high school senior I illustrated a student literary book with my drawings. I loved being a student photographer. It gave me the opportunity to get out of class to take photos of other students and activities for the yearbook.

A camera in my hands was like wearing a protective coat of armor. Photography helped me to overcome my shyness, approach other students, especially girls, and develop relationship skills that many students don’t learn until later in life.

Photography also helped me to develop a life-long love for the outdoors, nature and the Missouri/Arkansas Ozarks in particular. Today the American landscape is an integral part of my art. Our clear running streams and green-forested hills are a treasure to behold and a challenge to paint.

I plan to take photos and paint until the day I die. How long do you plan to be an artist?

Garry McMichael Fine Art

Where: 1926 Allen Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104

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