The Art of Persistence

My preferred method of communicating with the world around me is visual.  So my objective in starting this weekly blog is to pair examples of my artwork with actual quotes from great people whose media of choice is the written word.  My hope is that there will be a synergy between the two media that inspires the reader's imagination and motivates them to pursue their calling.

Title:  Lady Liberty

Size:  48" x 36"

Medium:  Oil & Oil Bar on Canvas

Copyright:  2006

Below is one of my favorite quotes from Theodore Roosevelt who said:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

What I like most about this quote is that a key component to 'success' is persistence.  No matter what business you are in you have to be determined to start at point A and finish at point B.  It is understood that there will be ups and downs along the way but as you start to climb your mountain you have to keep the summit in mind at all times.

In describing the concept and meaning of my painting above entitled Lady Liberty I wanted to combine the raw energy and power of the urban environment surrounding New York with the mechanics of our modern age.  At the time of Roosevelt's quote, America was just getting started transitioning from the agrarian based economy that dominated its early history to embracing the new opportunities inspired by the Industrial Revolution.  And now, even as I write this blog, we are underway as an entire world in embracing new opportunities as part of the High-Tech Revolution which has made this blog even possible.

This is the art of persistence that I refer to in the heading.  It is a key component of human nature to strive and keep learning, growing and finding new mountains to climb or problems to solve.  Hidden within persistence is growth, knowledge and eventual success.

Thus, an artist must be persistent to be successful.