Finding truth in art requires an open mind |

Finding truth in art requires an open mind

Sitting down to write this piece on the varying effects of aesthetics within the Western Slope community, a friend sent me a text message. I’m rather glad that he did.

The conversation read as follows:

Friend: “How’s the life of an artist?”

Me: “The life of an artist … is nonstop.

Friend: “Ha, indeed.”

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Me: “Creativity. Creating. It never ceases. ‘Rest’ includes moments of smaller-feeling creations, but they all add a piece to the bigger picture of your style. A painter’s style is truly a vision into their emotions. Painting is how one processes. The pieces all hold so much value and truth concerning what was currently reigning the artist’s mind … I think it’s one of the rarest occasions for one to truly be aware of the complete intricacy of an art work. Even the ones they create themselves. It may take years to understand — if ever.

“That’s where the viewers come to play. The few that really resonate with a piece … they feel it in them too. Seeing a piece that sits comfortably within you, in my opinion, means your subconscious is, or has, rests on very similar reigns as the artist’s at moment of piece-conception.”

Friend: “Awesome. I think this will resonate with a lot of people who are or aspire to be artistic in the community.”

Me: “Yeah?”

Friend: “That idea of seeking but maybe never finding the truth in art … yeah, that’s right on.”

Me: “However, listening to what does voice itself from it without judgment as to where that actually came from.”

And just like that, creative forces whirling around, my column had written itself within LED conversation bubbles.

The creative process is natural; it’s pure; it’s unpredictable; and it’s never-ceasing.

If you desire a little guidance navigating your creative process, please reach out to me at or at for information on discussions, workshops, and community gatherings.

Sara Gallagher is the special events director at the Bookcliffs Arts Center.

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