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George Tooker




Self-Portrait
(1947)


"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life.  There are as many solutions as there are human beings."












American Artist


1920 - 2011











Life is about finding ourselves and coming to terms with why we have been born.  And there is not just one answer.  There are millions of answers.  Creative leaders are no different than the rest of the world.  They, too, must come to terms with why the are here and what the meaning of life is.  In fact, creative leaders because of their sensitivity often have a more difficult time coming to terms with whom they are.





I think we become who we are meant to be.  The challenges and difficulties that we face help to strengthen the persons whom we are meant to be.  Whether you are 24, 44, 64 or 84, there is a reason why you are here.  Have you discovered that reason?  Have you become the person you were meant to be?





George Tooker is one of my favorite artists.  I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to see a collection of his work at the Columbus Museum of Art.  I wrote two poems in response to his paintings:  Subway and Mirror.  Here is his painting, the Subway.










Subway
(1950)




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