“You have a gift.
Perhaps you have thought it was in your hands.
Your gift is in your vision.
Your gift is not in the brush stroke, the pencil line, the shaping of clay; it is in the seeing. Vision cannot be learned. Perhaps you have thought your gift would make the art itself easy.
It only makes it necessary.
As you struggle for breath, you will struggle to give your vision shape and form, to move from inspiration to incarnation.
Perhaps you have feared there is no room in the work for artists.
Your gift makes meaning for others. You inform them, entertain them, prod them, and provoke them. You show them hope and truth. Your vision and your work honor them.
You have a gift.
I copied this quote in to my high school senior year sketchbook 13 years ago.