Beautiful Words of Earth Artist, Ran Ortner August 04 2012

 

If you haven't heard of Ran Ortner yet, he's a pretty amazing artist (and surfer) who paints massive images of ocean water with natural earth oil paints. His paintings depict nothing but water and they are haunting and moving to say the least. He's also incredibly articulate and wise and I was blown away by an interview with him in the "Sun Magazine" last month. Here's a wonderful quote about art that really resonated with me....

"Art is not a skill contest, not an innovation contest. Art is an honesty contest. If we can be precisely who we are, in the most intimate and candid and courageous way, we will start to connect to the universal. Our job as artists is to become powerfully personal in our work, and if we touch the source, the most central wound, the deepest of wells, then we actually touch the universal. In the compression of the intensely personal, heat is generated, and at a certain point it becomes expansive. The work goes from the intimately personal to what's personal to all of us. "