You have a gift.
Perhaps you have thought it was in your hands. It isn’t.
It is in your vision.
Your gift is not in the brushstroke, the pencil line, or the in the shaping of clay; it is in the seeing.
Vision cannot be learned.
Perhaps you thought your gift would make the art itself easy. It won’t.
It only makes it necessary.
As you struggle for breath, you will struggle to give your vision shape and form; to move from inspiration to incarnation.
Perhaps you have feared there is no room in the world for artists. There is.
Your gift makes meaning for others.
You inform them, entertain them. prod them, and provoke them.
You show them hope and truth.
Your vision and your work honor them.
You have a gift. Honor it.
(Source: Kansas City Institute of Art Course Catalog)