|Detail from Michelangelo's "Pieta"|
|Norman Rockwell's "The Golden Rule"|
Other artists are working beside you, with you, for you. We all know what it is like to experience discouragement, lack of enthusiasm, depression. We want to help bolster you up so you can succeed, because the beauty you create is what the rest of us need to keep plowing ahead. Be careful not to isolate yourself, because there will always be someone reaching out to help if you open the door.
God is for you. He called you to be an artist, to participate in his creation of beauty, and he will support you in that vocation in a million hidden ways and a thousand tangible ones; look for them.
Never let fear get in the way of your mission. Remember that being an artist is indeed a mission, a calling, and expect the stumbling-blocks that get in the way of any worthwhile mission. Fight them. Overcome them, fearlessly.
I am so proud of you for living your vocation. I admire you and respect you for your bravery and determination. Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement you give me every day, in so many ways.