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Nov
07
Poppies for the Fallen: Art Reflects Upon Remembrance Day
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07 Nov 2014
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May
09
East and West Are Joined in a Celebration of "Love & Peace"
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09 May 2014
Contemporary creators have opportunities to share their work that no era in history can rival. A fluid and ever-changing open forum of exchange and production has begun to replace the traditional notion of "art centres"; as technology grows and connects us, all are invited to participate in a living, breathing art world.

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Apr
23
A Letter of the Spirit: Using Art to Let Love and Peace Resound
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23 Apr 2014
I wish to fill all corners of the world with flowers, making a beautiful bouquet to be shared by every nation.

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Mar
13
Bringing Meaning to My Work
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13 Mar 2014
"Why?" It is a question that others always ask of us, and that, as artists, we continually ask of ourselves.

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Feb
06
The Globalisation of Art
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06 Feb 2014
It is true of life that opportunities wait for us around every corner. The unexpected is what keeps our eyes open and our hearts full of vigour, what enables us to bear through difficulties and grow stronger from them. And when these opportunities find you, you must chase them swiftly and absorb all that you can from them.

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Nov
28
The Living Language of Flowers: Sunflowers
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28 Nov 2013
Among the world's countless varieties of blooms, it is difficult to find a plant so radiant as the sunflower.

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Nov
20
Flowers as Art History's Messengers of Meaning
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20 Nov 2013
I express my emotions in flowers - roses for love, gardenias for fragility, snowdrops for courage, and cherry blossoms for the transience of life.

Among nature's countless gifts are flowers: in the simple grace of their petals, countless souls have been moved to create. But flowers speak of far more than mere beauty.

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Nov
09
Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace
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09 Nov 2013
The second instalment in a two-part post written in celebration of Remembrance Day.

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Oct
30
For Every Poppy's Petal, A Story of Remembrance
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30 Oct 2013
November brings with it a day of great honour - one that has touched the hearts of so many for nearly a century. On Remembrance Day, we call to mind the tragedies of war, the sacrifices of the brave, and the ways we can bring about a more peaceful planet.

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Oct
15
Thoughts on the Venice Biennale
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15 Oct 2013
"When Viewing Art, be ready to participate, to be moved and inspired by the uniqueness of the message as it pertains to you."

The Venice Biennale has been the pinnacle of the art world since it was first held in 1895. Every two years, creators of all sorts from the vast and varied nations of the world come together to showcase their work.

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Oct
08
Give the Arts an International Day of Honour
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08 Oct 2013
Looking far into the history of man, it is apparent that the epochs of each civilization are marked by one common trait: a great flourishing of the arts.

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Sep
30
The Call for Peace Rings Out Worldwide
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30 Sep 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, make all your life's work come to harvest time in total Love & Peace."

On 21 September, people across the world found reason to celebrate, united by common cause: The International Day of Peace.

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Sep
23
Creativity as a Salve for the Mind and Heart
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23 Sep 2013
Ana's Thought: "Good Art warms you on a cold, sad day and gives you company when you are lonely."

In this life, it is destined that even the most serene and inspired soul will be tested, as is the way of human existence - for without shadow, we cannot come to appreciate light.

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Sep
16
A Glimpse into an Artist's Life
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16 Sep 2013
Ana's Thought: "Millions find fulfillment in Art."

Curious-hearted artists of this generation are really lucky. In the past, those who wished to receive guidance in their craft needed to travel to the great cities for art, in the hope that masters would deign to instruct them.

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Sep
09
Art Journalism Builds the Bridge Between the Creator and His Viewer
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09 Sep 2013
Ana's Thought: "Art is an Inspired Communicator with Imagination - it conveys its message with surprise and delight to the viewer."

Art, like all things in life, is not produced within a vacuum. No matter how strong a creator's vision, there are factors that will influence the style, colour, and content of his work.

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Sep
02
Technology Brings Down the Walls Between Art and Audience
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02 Sep 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, live and paint in the present each day, for that is all there is."

As years go by, I have learned to take pleasure in the simple joys offered by life. In recent times, I have found a new delight to brighten my days: technology's great power to build bridges between us.

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Aug
25
Love Alive in Art: How My Garden of Love Grows
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25 Aug 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, your hardest work is your greatest masterpiece."

In my years as an artist, I have observed that nature is the finest craftsman. Her flowers shoot forth from soil and sway in the breeze effortlessly, the product of such intelligent design.

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Aug
18
Love Alive in Art: Between Form and Function, A Desire for Design
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18 Aug 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, be brave! Go and make the most of what you do best!"

Every person you encounter has his or her own idea of what can be considered art. I personally believe that art exists everywhere - to uphold constraints is to deny yourself of so much magnificence!

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Aug
10
Love Alive in Art: Inspiration Takes Hold of the Artist's Slumbering Heart
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10 Aug 2013
Ana's Thought: "To create is to give birth to your Dream."

Though the waking world is ripe with ideas waiting to be harvested, there are few places so sweetly laden with inspiration as our dreams. Such wonders spring forth to enchant our sleeping souls!

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Aug
04
Love Alive in Art: Artists as the Body's Cartographers
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04 Aug 2013
Ana's Thought: "Art that has beauty and energy can heal your body and your soul."

For centuries, healing and art have been intertwined, forces of energy that exist both within and beyond us. I have long held to the belief that the creation and enjoyment of art has the power to restore.

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Jul
27
Love Alive in Art: The Artist's Ardor Springs from Nature
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27 Jul 2013
Ana's Thought: "Let Nature, in her wisdom, be your teacher."

In my younger days, I savored each drop of my education - every lesson was a shining gift to be unwrapped, and my mind was eager to take them in. I still recall with such clarity the day my class learned about Luther Burbank, a pioneer of agriculture and a true reveler in Nature's glory.

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Jul
22
Love Alive in Art: Sparks of Genius in the Marriage of Science and Art
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22 Jul 2013
Ana's Thought: "Art Quenches the thirst for the knowledge of unknown."

On 6 August, the latest blossom in the worldwide Love & Peace Campaign will be unveiled, making its debut at Singapore's ArtScience Museum. This remarkable institution explores the many intersections of two realms often viewed as utter opposites.

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Jul
13
Love Alive in Art: Creative Love in Our DNA
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13 Jul 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist - stop searching for perfection. Creativity is a natural gift."

Before I knew a career in art was waiting in my future, I could feel that it was my calling. The urge to create was a latent gift in my heart, remaining unopened until the perfect moment.

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Jul
07
Love Alive in Art: A Love Affair With Creation
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07 Jul 2013
Ana's Thought: "To create Great Art, you must give it your Heart, Body, and Spirit, and all the love you have."

What compels the painter to rise each day and, in her diligence, chase after a feeling?

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Jul
01
Love Alive in Art: An Open Mind, an Open Heart
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01 Jul 2013
Ana's Thought: "Great Art is unlimited in its expression - it is from the infinite bounty of Knowledge and Wisdom."

My whole life has been defined by a tremendous hunger for Knowledge. In my youth, no obstacle could prevent me from pursuing the education I longed for.

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Jun
16
Art Blooms in a Changing World
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16 Jun 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, your greatest success will come through your greatest difficulties."

This past week, I was delighted to unveil the latest branch of my growing Love & Peace Campaign: a mobile app designed to connect people with art - and with each other - in a brand new way.

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Jun
08
Love Alive in Art: Moved by a World In Bloom
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08 Jun 2013
In this series of articles, international artist Ana Tzarev explores the history of love as depicted through art. The fourth installment focuses on historical and artistic examples of the love of nature.

Ana's Thought: "My Art celebrates the Beauty of this World."

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Jun
01
Love Alive in Art: Love Under the Banner of Patriotism
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01 Jun 2013
In this series of articles, international artist Ana Tzarev explores the history of love as depicted through art. The third installment focuses on representations of patriotic love.

Ana's Thought: "The Mind of a Nation is seen through its Art."

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May
25
Love Alive in Art: Beauty Born of Loss
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25 May 2013
Ana's Thought: "The Artist participates in life and lets it permeate through him, in feelings of love, beauty, sorrow, song, and laughter--which he collects like pearls and carefully arranges on canvas, creating his vibrant, passionate, and unique Masterpiece."

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May
18
Love Alive in Art: The Passion of Lovers
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18 May 2013
In this series of articles, international artist Ana Tzarev explores the history of love as depicted through art. The first installment focuses on representations of passionate love.

Ana's Thought: "Art is the most jealous Mistress. She demands all your time, all your attention, and all your Love."

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May
11
The Garden of Inspiration
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11 May 2013
Ana's Thought: "All art disciplines inspire one another."

As a visual artist, I find great inspiration in the varied disciplines of creativity. When I was first introduced to the renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, my soul was electrified by her virtuosity and sensitivity.

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May
05
Make Every Day Valentine's Day
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05 May 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, Love is your Deepest feeling - let it fill your Soul with Sunlight."

Do you recall how it feels when love's first blush takes hold of your heart?
All things are overcome with warmth and light.

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Apr
27
The Spirit's Storyteller
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27 Apr 2013
Ana's Thought: "In Art, the Divine and Human meet."

Words are among the most deft tools creative spirits use to construct their masterpieces, but the barriers of languages may prevent beauty from soaring into eager hearts.

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Apr
20
Capturing History on Canvas
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20 Apr 2013
Ana's Thought: "Original Art is a signpost for history."

When it seems to us that all is standing still, the earth's dance through space goes on - and so we are all taken for a fantastic voyage!

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Apr
14
A Prescription for the Soul
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14 Apr 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, Paint out your Hurts and you will be Healed."

Reader, call to mind your favourite painting and visualize it clearly. Let your mind wander gaily between each hue and stroke; make yourself part of its composition. After swimming through this sweet moment of reflection, do you feel calmer? If so, you have just witnessed art's tremendous power to soothe!

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Apr
07
Patrons of the Soul's Song
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07 Apr 2013
Ana's Thought: "Artist, paint what you really Love and the world will be your cheerleader in due Time."

When we look upon beautiful works made by the hands of men, we may be swept off in their purity, the directness of vision that turned ideas into masterpieces. In doing so, we are quick to forget that no man - even the brightest, most inspired among us - creates entirely in isolation.

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Apr
01
Let Your Banner Fly
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01 Apr 2013
Ana's Thought: "The Greatest Art is a true mirror of the Artist's soul – out of step with the fashion of its time but in step with timelessness."

Shakespeare famously wrote, "To thine own self, be true." But when your words and actions are met with negativity, you may feel your spirit sinking down. How can we learn to withstand the withering blows of doubt, both from ourselves and from others?

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Mar
25
The Brightness Within Us All
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25 Mar 2013
Ana's Thought: "Art possesses a limitless field of possibility within creation through the total freedom of choice."

Each day, the world wakes up and bursts into bloom, the sunrise promising to us through its radiance that the hours to come hold dazzling opportunities.

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Mar
17
From Your Heart, Sing
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17 Mar 2013
Ana's Thought: "Great Art is born for the benefit of all Humanity from the Universal Spirit of Love."

Earlier this month, I was honoured to host a reception for the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women at my Gallery in New York. So many bright minds and giving hearts converged for a night brimming with genuine hope, marked by the opening of critical dialogue about the sanctity of women's rights.

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Mar
10
A Glimpse of Paradise
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10 Mar 2013
Ana's Thought: "Art awakens the soul to the beauty of the Universe."

When we unweave the braided fabric of history, our hands fill with the shimmering threads of experience that bind our past to our present.

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Mar
02
An Artist's Lessons in Creation
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02 Mar 2013
To young artists first picking up their pencils and paintbrushes, the idea of creating can seem so daunting. For every ounce of enthusiasm you carry, there creeps a shadow of uncertainty - and with so many masters before you, gazing down from hallowed museum walls, you may be tempted to not bother, to quit before you start!

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Feb
23
Defending Beauty in the Age of Commodity
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23 Feb 2013
Ana's thought: "The depth of my soul is measured by the profundity of my art."

When we remember the defining moments of art history, we call to mind the painters and sculptors of the Renaissance - the geniuses Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Dürer, Van Eyck - those driving forces in a new age of realism who broke ground in perspective and colour.

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Feb
16
To View Art From Both Sides: The Creator and the Critic
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16 Feb 2013
Ana's Thought: "Critic, be gentle with your words, for they are the arrows that kill the Heart of Inspiration."

For all of its magnificent offerings and dazzling opportunities, the art world is capable of such cruelty. One can pour their soul, the very essence of his or her self, into...

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Feb
09
Love: The Language of the Universe
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09 Feb 2013
Ana's Thought: "My Art is born of endless Passion for the Beauty of Life."

As Valentine's Day approaches, people across the world feel moved to speak from their hearts, letting their emotions pour forth in displays of affection for those they cherish. But no paper card or expensive gemstone can...

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Feb
05
The History of Inspiration
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05 Feb 2013
Ana's Thought: "Of all disciplines of Arts, the 'Muse' has been most generous to painting with the absence of all rules - giving total freedom to create."


Inspiration is an eternal mystery, the fountain that overflows to send rivulets of ingenuity directly into the minds of the receptive.

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Jan
26
To Be An Artist
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26 Jan 2013
Ana's Thought: "I give to my Art every Last Drop of Energy and Love."


To be an artist, you must make yourself a living, moving camera, determined to record the colour, shape, and size of all you find around you.

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Jan
21
The Global Museum: A Celebration of Public Art
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21 Jan 2013
In recent months, I have poured my heart into Love & Peace, a global celebration and conversational conduit in the form of large-scale flower sculptures.


One of the most thrilling facets of this creation is witnessing how people from so many diverse backgrounds, each with their own stories, are pulled almost magnetically toward the enormous, bright petals.

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Jan
15
To Live in Love and Peace
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15 Jan 2013
Ana's Thought: "Heaven or Hell is a choice inside you."
In my life, I have seen many days of sweetness - golden days of travel, of art, and of expressing my soul in the company of loved ones and strangers alike. I am eternally grateful for this, as I have also known a world of limited freedom.

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Jan
06
The Power of Women
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06 Jan 2013
"Greatness of Character is formed in solving great problems."

Last week, the world lost one of its true women pioneers. Gerda Lerner, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on Jan 2 at the age of 92.

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Dec
27
A Time of Celebration and Reflection
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27 Dec 2012
Understanding a true meaning of love and peace is the beginning of wisdom and unity with the great spirit of the Universe. The closing of each year is a time of celebration and reflection. We count our blessings, remember our losses, and look forward to the wondrous mysteries of what is to come.

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Dec
17
Finding Harmony Between Two Worlds
Huffington Post UK
17 Dec 2012
I have created Love & Peace with a special destiny. I am placing large and beautiful flower sculptures across the world in places where millions of people will see them. The first three have already appeared overnight in London, Shezhen, and New York.

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Dec
10
Oscar Niemeyer - Ahead of the Curve
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10 Dec 2012
I believe Art is where the Divine and The Human meet. It is the embodiment of the human spirit.

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Dec
03
The World is My Home
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03 Dec 2012
Art connects us wordlessly to the whole world, and I feel blessed though the gift of my art. This gift has given me the ability to see the world through the eyes of strangers.

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Nov
26
The Seeds of Inspiration
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26 Nov 2012
In the Golden Age of Dutch classical painting, Rachel Ruysch crafted still life after still life of vivid floral arrangements, bursting from their canvases to bloom before a viewer's eyes. Beethoven composed sweeping symphonies

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Nov
20
The Dress Burning
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20 Nov 2012
I was just thirteen years old, a girl in Communist Yugoslavia growing up under Tito. We all lived in constant fear. At this time, everything was in short supply and I was pleading with my mother for a dress, any dress.

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Nov
12
Look to the Future But Never Forget to Remember the Past
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12 Nov 2012
In this fast-changing world, we must do more than simply cling to the past - we must make it matter.
There is always some element of our past in the things we do in our future.

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Nov
07
The Importance of Persistence
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07 Nov 2012
Over my lifetime, I have observed numerous people who have made a positive impact on the world: great scientists, scholars, artists, actors and writers. All of these influential individuals share a common thread: they possess persistence.

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Oct
23
Older Women Artists and The Art of Living
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23 Oct 2012
In a recent article in the Financial Times, journalist Rachel Spence discussed a topic rarely mentioned in the art world: the OWAs; Older. Women. Artist. I want to applaud Ms. Spence for her wonderful piece as it shed light on a rather unexplored subject.

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Oct
17
My Praise For Spirits Like Malala
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17 Oct 2012
Millions of young girls throughout the world suffer hostility, deprivation, and abuse of every kind because of their efforts towards education. I was one of them.

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Oct
01
Women Are Destined for Greatness
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01 Oct 2012
Sister; wife; mother; daughter; artist.... These are a few things that identify who I am in this world. One, however, stands above the rest, marking me as special: WOMAN.

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Aug
25
My First Art Critic
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25 Aug 2012
I will never forget my first art critic; it was a moment that has shaped my work and focus ever since. The year was 1947 and I was 10 years old.

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