God gives each of us certain talents. It is our privilege and responsibility to develop and nurture them. I was brought up to believe you can do anything you want to do if you work hard, get the best training you can, practice, practice, practice and stick to it.
I can still remember as a small child tracing letters from the covers of magazines, changing them, embellishing them and marveling at how their parts fit together. This fascination with letters, shapes, and colors grew into designing monograms, doing posters for my mom's work, and finally lead into combining my love of color and painting with letters and letter form. Combining them has given me a chance to touch people; who seem to enjoy the inspirational sayings and the play of color and shape.
When I started studying art and calligraphy, I was hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to discover that instead of a tunnel, it was a funnel. The more I learned, the more there was to learn and the more I wanted to learn. I believe that a person in all aspects of life should continue to learn, change, and grow.
One of my favorite teachers has always said that art is in the process, not the product. I believe that, but in my heart I like to expand on it. The process is my art--that is what is within me, but the product is what reaches others.
Marlen M. Waters