Connecting with readers happens in a way that seems, at first, paradoxical.
As we dive deep into the specific of our lives, we find the route to the universal.
(another painting, "Easel," by Robert Hudson)
Your specific interest, your specific obsession, the route to your concern, is a map that others can read and connect with because following that trail is familiar.
We all know what it's like to not know, to pursue, to follow.
To make art we also connect by using the muscle of associative thinking. We watch our own tangents and claim them.
We juxtapose unlikely things and see what the result might be.
Creating art out of our lives--what we've done, what we know, what we wonder--helps us to tackle the question about how our lives matter and what they mean from moment to moment. Essays and memoirs help us see how one person fits into the web of life. There is both magic and dignity in looking at everyday life and finding or making beauty, even in the midst of the hard stuff.
Photo credits in presentation. Where not noted, photos by Sonya Huber