Ok, when the client’s name is on the artist’s proof, it is pretty clear who the art was made for. Right? Not so fast,.. even in a commission, an artist with integrity is trying be true to the values and vision that inspire (breath life into) their work. Without that, the work is literally life-less. I actually like the challenges of commissions where I have to blend the client’s needs and desires with my vision and values. Their vision was to further the creation of art by investing heavily in children’s art programs like our own Art Smart organization in Santa Fe. I see art as a light shining in our world, revealing truth of our place in it as those who reflect the beauty infused into Creation itself by the Creator. In the end, I make art not so much FOR someone (God, myself, others), but to BE something, light that brings something of truth, beauty and inspiration (breathing life into) to all who experience it.
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.