Vincent: That Strange Wild Man

Rather than being insane, as the legend claims, evidence suggests that Vincent van Gogh suffered from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which caused his erratic behavior. He longed for human companionship, but was feared, ridiculed and isolated from his community. Add to that the mysterious story that he did not commit suicide as most believe, but was shot by one of two young men who delighted in tormenting him. If the evidence leading to that conclusion is correct, his life story is no less tragic for it. The saving grace, if one can call it that, was that he apparently welcomed death as a…

Artist… a definition

Artist — a person of any age or gender, from any nation and every ethnicity, who expresses the highest and best within their own culture — as well as the least and the worst. An artist is an observer, a reporter, a synthesizer, an innovator, an educator, and an interpreter. Most important: an artist is endlessly curious, never stops learning, is in a constant state of experimentation, and is continually evolving.     This is true for life so you might as well make the most of it.      

The Accident…

I once won a Blue Ribbon at the Polk County Fair. At first thought, not a particularly noteworthy accomplishment, but there is a back-story that I believe is worth telling. I grew up in a small town in Western Oregon. Built on the industry of ranchers, farmers, loggers, and those who provide services to them, Oregon was, and still is, primarily a rural economy. Each summer, county fairs from Multnomah in the north to Klamath in the south blanket the state. The town of Independence in Polk County where I attended Middle and High School holds a classic county fair: dusty, noisy, smelly, and filled with…