I *HEART* Clyde Aspevig

“September at the Pond”
Oil on Panel
24×30″
2008

I could be the president of the Clyde Aspevig fan club (seriously), so I was totally excited to see an interview with him in American Artist last month. You can read the whole thing here, and he gives some good general advice to painters, but it was his last statement that totally resonated with me as a landscape painter:

“I’m trying to be the best that I can be as a human being. Art is the vehicle with which I have the best chance of leaving behind something of worth. I hope my paintings will always inspire people to become a part of nature rather than a force that manipulates and destroys it.”

Sometimes I have a hard time verbalizing what I’m trying to do with my art, and what it all means, but he says it so effortlessly here. Not that I’m surprised!