Who Needs Artists Anyway?

"Looking down on empty streets, all she can see

 are the dreams all made solid

 are the dreams all made real

all of the buildings, all of those cars

were once just a dream in somebody's head"

–Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street

Anyone can imagine things not yet real, but it has always required a person with special abilities to turn those insubstantial electrical impulses in our brains into something substantial that can be understood by everyone else. When you think about it, our culture and technology exist because of drawings and renderings of those tools we use, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive–everything not naturally present in our world.

Leonardo da Vinci drawing for a water-lifting machine.
Leonardo da Vinci drawing for a water-lifting machine.

Without the ability to make a representation of an idea, the idea cannot be made real and tangible for anyone else. Without that initial drawing, nothing can be manufactured or sold. Even language barriers worldwide have been dissolved by clever graphical drawings of basic concepts. Every day, countless architects, planners, designers, manufacturers, businessmen, authors, inventors, dreamers, and schemers are busy presenting artist's renderings of ideas, products and worlds as yet unborn to countless audiences with the hope that their ideas will be given life and eventually made real. It may not be too far-fetched to imagine that without the visualizers of the world, we might still be sitting around a campfire and living in caves today.

Leonardo da Vinci Aerial Screw Helicopter drawing.
Leonardo da Vinci Aerial Screw Helicopter drawing.

Beyond the functional and utilitarian, artists have also plumbed the depths of the human soul for spiritual significance and beauty. Is there a need for this kind of art? Among the developed world, an unexpected and pervasive malaise evolves from the surfeit of material wealth we enjoy. Many have come to realize the truth that owning more manufactured things does not lead to greater happiness and satisfaction. There seems to be an unrelenting human hunger for grasping a deeper spiritual meaning to life. Art and religion can be paths to experiencing a hint of that meaning. Carl Jung wrote that the artist is ". . . one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind." That artists do so voluntarily and largely without expectation of gain is very akin to the life of the religious aesthete. We think the world would be a poorer place without either one.

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–John & Ann


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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.

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