I am transformed. The process was an unobtrusive and unexpected one, a quiet and total surprise. The words of Brenda Ueland, “Inspiration comes to us slowly and quietly… prime it with a little solitude” fit me so well, as if she wrote these words specifically for me. In solitude during periods of soul searching, I am pleasantly lost in exploring my inner world. An idea can surge within suddenly but to further develop that inspiration into art takes time. To add my uniqueness to the idea, to make it my own, it is a slow and quiet course to be inspired.

As I reflect on this growth, where I started as an art student and where I am today, I can see beyond my once narrow world. I am able to see the subtleties of line, shape, color, space, form, value, and texture within a face, within a tree, within architecture. Ahhhh and capturing the heart and soul, the beauty of those nuances in visual art, is undoubtedly sheer pleasure.

Visually re-creating the heart and the soul has brought new learning and continues to be an ongoing study challenge. My learning, my art is not complete, when one goal is achieved, new goals emerge to give expression to the beauty within me as I embrace the beauty around me. What a lovely and healthy obsession, training to see beauty, the more I see beauty, the more I recognize it surrounding me, the more beauty I see and so on.

With just a simple glance, art evokes an emotion. I am astounded by the art I am now am able to create.

In humility, I write these words because I also marvel to see the artwork of peers. I am moved by what I see. In deep introspection where there are no words, art gives a tangible visual expression to this emotional place within me. Being inspired and creating visual art is a cathartic experience. This awakening emotion related to art, this practice is sublime.

The transformation, I now see beauty all around me, this on of itself is spectacular, but to feel this beauty to feel it at the heart and soul level is an ethereal feeling. As inspiration comes to me, I am pursuing each slowly as to savor every moment, extending the ethereal feeling. Creating art has changed me exponentially for the better. And with each inspiration that comes to me and the exquisite evolution of feeling, seeing and creating beauty all around me ends with a smile, bliss and culminates with…an inner peace.
~ Maria Cristina Hornyan