Teresa Dittrich
About My Art

An artist named Lawrence Bullo once made statement about the journey of becoming an artist:

"One seeks to become an artist by training the hand, then he finds it is the eye that needs improving. Later one learns it is the mind that wants developing, only to discover it is all in the spirit."
I have often reflected on the significance of this statement as I pursued my passion of painting. Initially mastering just the fundamentals of art (drawing skill, composition, basic design, color mixing, etc.) is all one can handle. But later, after one has achieved a degree of technical competency, then what? Should the artist be content with saying nothing more than, "See, I can depict this subject accurately?" Though some artists choose to remain at this level, it is my desire to reach higher ground. "What is it that I really want to say through my art?" is a question that delves into the realm of spirit - those secret places of our innermost concerns that are the most revealing.

Painting people - the human face, the figure - is my passion. To do it in such a way that conveys a sense of awe in the beauty, diversity, and worth of individuals who have been created in God's image, and who are themselves the delight and focus of His care - is my challenge. In my spirit, this is what being an artist is all about.


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