|February 26, 2013|
When I was eight, Disney picked up my pencil to draw foxes and guns. When I was a teenager, Lennon and McCartney filled up my lungs. I learned to "take a sad song and make it better.”
When I was in college, Shakespeare made me a man. I put on a jock strap and tamed a shrew. Improvisation exercises showed me the difference between acting and being. Theatre taught me to
be a line, not just see a line. When I went to New York, Van Gogh's drawings taught me to know the difference. Modern dance moved me to paint the sound of gesture. When I was 40, writing
rendered shapes, painting typed an alphabet, and photography illustrated them both. When I was 49, I picked up my pencil. I was a fox, a gun, a sail, a telephone pole, a bridge, a power line.
The arts are more than culture—painting, writing, music, theater, photography, dance, writing—are one, they join hands, they seek segues, they open wormholes. There's no way to ripen without them.