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October 11th, 2013
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Crab apple blossoms along the Oconaluftee River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina 1992

 

During Sierra Art Trails this past weekend, we had three ladies walk into my living room display of prints. One of them looked at the first print by the door, a 30×40 inch print of this image, gasped, and then tears of emotion flowed from her eyes she was so inspired by the print. We talked a bit, she asked about the print’s price, and we showed her a smaller print. After browsing a while, she and her friends left. The next day, she returned to buy the small print. She said she would hang it where she could see it everyday.

Of course, I was deeply moved by this reaction. I have had a long and blessed career, but sometimes it seems like a never-ending marathon to keep business going. This weekend I was reminded that sharing the beauty I find is such an honor and privilege. My passion for “landscapes of the spirit” lives on, inspired by the beauty around us everyday, and by when my imagery connects my experience to others.

Captured with my 4×5 camera in 1992 using a 120mm film back.

Enjoy and please share!

Cheers,  Bill

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  1. Nelcha says:

    I hear ya BIll and concur !
    One year whileI was in the middle of many weeks of doing The Art Faire Circuit, I was exhausted, hot and tired, then a small little boy came running excitedly up to my booth and and unwaded some crumpled dollar bills and told me “How MUCH” he wanted to even buy one of my business card size magnets…
    Getting that kind of excitement out a little boy due to some of Nature’s Beauty also moved me tremendously ~ It IS indeed those moments of Pure Joy that keep us going…
    They are “The Cherry on Top” in between the daily grind.
    Glad you had a cherry last weekend ❤

  2. Thanks so much for your story and kind words!

  3. Brenda Tharp says:

    Hi Bill – what a great gift to receive back from this woman – whether she ever bought the print or not, the fact that she was moved to tears by your work is indeed a gift received. I have had that happen myself, back when I was doing Marin Open Studios, I know how it feels. Funny, I’ve been needing to ‘get back to’ making prints and getting them out there for the world to see (and buy) and lately been thinking about it a lot – your story is exactly why I want to get back to it. Nothing gives me greater pleasure or honor than to know that a print will sit on someone’s wall for many years and continue to inspire them…

    SO GLAD you had a good art trails!

  4. Nice to hear your story too, Brenda!

    It has always been important to show and sell my fine art prints, whether in open studio, galleries or art consultants. It is a great feeling to have them out there on walls where they can be enjoyed!

  5. Nice to hear your story too, Brenda!

    It has always been important to me to show and sell my fine art prints, whether in open studio, galleries or art consultants. It is a great feeling to have them out there on walls where they can be enjoyed!

  6. Dina says:

    Your blog is one of the finest I have seen for a long, long time, I’m really impressed with your wonderful work. It’s been a great pleasure browsing.
    Best regards
    Dina

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