I met my dear friend Melissa Hardiman for a long overdue visit today. Her work frequently illustrates and enhances this blog.
She and I share a challenge along with most artists. People think art and creativity are luxuries, and they look for ways to do without them.
Creativity has a bad reputation these days. Creativity nourishes the soul. By the time young people get through high school they have been worn down by the study of algebra, the burden of grades, and a general lack of encouraging words from the educational system as a whole.
I have posted previously on Ken Robinson’s wonderful analysis of How Schools Kill Creativity in a TED Talk. Adults have been handicapped by the school system when it comes to enjoying both fun and beauty.
Melissa and I want to change the perceptions about the value and glory of art. We are committed to that.
I have photographed Melissa on several occasions and I published the collected works in a Blurb book. The book is charming, as befits the subject. She is a delightful person and a joy to have as a friend.
If you want to venture into the world of graphic design, or venture further, and you want to be led there by a delightful and talented person, you will be happy with your choice of Melissa.
By coincidence my massage therapist is named Melissa, and I love her too.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.—Steve Jobs
Melissa and I have connected our experiences, and we are available to support you in connecting to artistic expressions of what makes you wonderful.