My mother must get credit for bringing out the creativity in me that we all have--whether business, writing, performance or visual arts. My mother always said to give children their space and she always let me play.
I know for a fact this concept of playtime taught me to make decisions, suffer consequences, and become creative, such as how to solve problems that life throws at me. She never interfered with my decisions no matter how different they were. This is reflected in my artwork: I take risks, pull away from "tradition", suffer consequences, have self-discipline, and pursue my goals of visual art and writing even though I am in the winter of my life.
She did not do this in the gentle way of a delicate rose, but with the stern, consistent behavior of a stubborn flower that let me know not to ask for help, but to "do-it-yourself". Before she passed away, I read her the poem I wrote for her as a unique, strong, survivor: a "Dandelion Among Roses."
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Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board will meet Wednesday, June 19 at the Dayton Art Institute at 456 Belmonte Park North, in Dayton. Committee meetings will take place Wednesday morning, with the full board meeting being held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.