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It happens often. I will go to my inbox and see a journal post or reply from some poor artist here at DA, saying that their parents (most often) or other loved ones think that art is a waste of time and there will never be any money in it.

It always echoes what I heard growing up. And it always made me angry.

You don't have to work in a factory or mill, and you don't have to have a high rise office to make money. There are millions of other jobs in this world that do pay - and pay well. Someone designs ketchup commercials. Someone paints Christmas cards. Someone, somewhere, molds model horses. (Kathleen Moody, anyone?) And guess what? They get paid for it.

I won't waggle a finger at anyone's parents. It's not my place. But it is infinitely sad to see those that are responsible for nurturing and development stifle what could be a great and talented artist.

As I've said many times, non-art folks just don't seem to understand, for the most part. I won't say all. Some do. Most don't. How many times have you run in to this? You spend hours and hours working on a gift for someone and they open it, and they get that characteristic "eww, I don't like this" frown for a moment and you get the vapid "thank you" from between clenched teeth? Shame on them, and I'll tell you why.

I love history. I study it all the time. I love the history channel. Do you know what it taught me? It taught me what endures and stands the test of time. What do we have left, today, of the ancient great civilizations? Well, we'd have a lot more of their literature if it weren't for an ancient fire, but we do have their literature, their teachings, relics, architecture, and - guess what? Art. It teaches us about their value and their culture, and it teaches us how they viewed the world. Historians consider it extremely important. They can trace the entire history of art back to stone-aged man. Written language only goes back as far as the hieratic, cuneiform and hieroglyphics. This tells us that as human beings, as a world and as culture, that art is far, far more important than some would like to believe. Pity them. They may love you and want what is best for you, but they have a lack of perspective most likely resulting in a lack of higher education - or they weren't listening in college Western Civilization, which is a fascinating course in any school.

Art is important, fellow artists. It is very, very important. It defines us and our society. It tells others what we listen to, what we think like, how we grow and how we perceive. It is a higher calling of a higher nature. We bring true emotion to our world, and we bring beauty, perspective, and thought. If you can get one person to think about something with one of your pieces, then you have achieved your calling.

We should be the harbingers of humanity, treated with respect and appreciation. But, as you already know, most often we are not. Consider this, then... I can almost guarantee that every artist here on DeviantArt has gone through the same thing at some point. We all understand. Here then, we are among our true peers, and those that know what it means to be an artist in today's world. Find comfort here, and whatever you do, don't stop drawing.

-Sherece

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Ask-Dusk-Fall Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
): You may not read or be able to see this comment from heaven...But R.I.P. You will be missed deeply )':
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Nakuru-Nebelung Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Rest in peace .... bye, bye 
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss you deeply, Sherece :heart: Another year has passed; that makes it 6 already though it seems like we received the news of your passing only yesterday.
Again, I hope your loved ones are alright <3 You're still as inspiring as ever to me and you'll always be :rose:
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Mochiccino Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Been a while since I first left my comment here. Hope all is well in heaven. Hope you get to come down off that cloud of yours to visit your family and friends for the holidays. I'm sure they miss you more out of any of us. c:
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speckawolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Stumbled across my old DeviantArt and came across your page. I really cant believe its been that long.... wow.
I hope youre doing well up in the sky and I know youre watching over my Penny as she crossed the rainbow bridge in 2000. Keep her close o you, shes a good girl and needs as miuch love as she will give.

Youd be thrilled with the little guy I picked up tonight. 2 year old walker, big ole jug head! Haha! Just as sweet as he can be.

Miss ya lady. Hope to see ya on the other side

♡ specka
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StormCoyote Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm years to late for this. You were gone before I even got the chance to say hello. But after reading through hundreds of comments, I wish I could have known you. I wish I found you sooner. Even though I will never be able to see your art, or speak to you, I am convinced that you were, and still are way up there in Heaven an amazing person. You were an inspiration to so many, and are to me now despite not knowing much about you. I wish you well hun <3 I'm sure there are plenty of horses to dance with up there in Heaven <3
Rest in peace. You deserve that and so much more. :heart: :rose:
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Whisperah Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always thinking of you, Sherece. I'll never forget you, or the wonderful conversations we used to have :heart: You're the reason I'm still trying to get better at horses. I miss you so much.
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Carousel-Stables Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I still miss you, and the impact of your passing has always been with me. I miss our talks about improving harpg and art and community. You were so wonderful and warm and considerate. I miss you :heart:
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't believe it's been 5 years already, I wish you were still with us.
I think of you often, and take inspiration in your kindness and willingness to help others to do it myself. You were just like that: inspiring.

I miss you so much :heart: I hope your family is alright.

Love :rose:,
~Joana
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thinking of you, Sherece, and wishing you were still here, to talk with.
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