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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.


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NikkieCole Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Kelii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art was very inspirational to me, and I miss seeing it.
Nihatemoon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
If only i joined sooner to already meet you, i was 14 when you died R.I.P Heart  

you can now be Free as the Unicorns
ZufaelligeFenster Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
It has been literally years since I've been here, but I'm here for a very specfic reason. Sherece was a huge inspiration to me and was the reason I started doing 3D. Now I am in finals at my university and I want to make Flametouched for my demo reel. The problem is I cannot for the life of me remember what breed she is supposed to be, and I'm looking for examples anyone has of her fur pattern. If anyone has anything that could help me, I would be most appreciative. I will send PMs to people I see here as well. Thank you all!
PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still thinking of you, I miss you so much :heart:
Tuonenkalla Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
From time to time I come to your page, and every time, I see all these new comments... almost all of them saying the same thing, "we miss you". I quite can't remember anymore, how your art looked like. But I do remember I loved it, and I do remember one day finding out about your passing. I never wanted to remove you from my watch list.
I still haven't.

Hopefully everything's allright, wherever you might be. My old cat might be close to you? He had to be put down last autumn.

It's hard to be separated - then again, I try to tell myself, loved ones can never truly be separated.
Fire-n-ash Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Still think of and miss you. :sniff:
Ask-Dusk-Fall Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  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 )':
Nakuru-Nebelung Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Rest in peace .... bye, bye 
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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