Tree Bark — Yates Store Road © jj raia

Inspiration is an important motivator in making any kind of art; it’s what gets the creative juices flowing regardless of its origin. It may originate from among our own ideas or thoughts, or from beyond, where something or someone has triggered an internal response which almost requires us to create. Whether your pursuit is painting, writing, sculpture, music or photography, to mention just a few, what drove you to take up the tools of your craft, and begin to form that inspiration toward its physical manifestation, is a uniquely powerful force; one that speaks directly to you, and possibly no one else. And once the message has been received, it can’t be denied and will gnaw at you like an unscratched itch, until it is finally acted upon and satisfied.