There is a force -- a creative urge -- that overtakes some artists when they work. I am one of those artists. When I sit down to work, I feel a sense of extreme focus coming on. "Trance" might be a more discriptive word. I've heard it described as a "state of flow." It's as if all the world's concerns fall away, and there is nothing except the paint or tools or wood in my hands. 
 
This force is a better artist than I am. This force is often insistent on how to proceed. It says to me, "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!" ...and I need to step aside and let it take over. 
 
When the work is finished, I step out of the partial coma I've been in and look at at what's been created.I feel as if Nature has worked through me, used my hands to create something wonderful.
 
May you find the art pieces herein to be wonderful as well.
 
- Jim Parks
 

 

 

 

 

 

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