Because You Need To

Last night I ask a local artist why he creates art. He’s been making art for over forty years.

He’s patient with my question. He simply says, “I make art because I need to.”

He’s happy if someone likes it. He’s fine if no one likes it.

He does it because he needs to.

That’s why (to anyone reading this who struggles with their own art) you press on even against rejection, a lack of recognition, or limited resources. You do it because you must. That’s all.

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