What is an Artist?


etch-a-sketch artwork by one of my sons. He was 9 or 10 at the time he created it


what is an artist?
an woman wearing a smock stained with paint?
a misty eyed mystic who sees the world in tints of rose?
a bitter man who was shaped by the wrongs done to him?
one misunderstood now, but revered after his passing?
but maybe
an artist is a child
who sees the beauty and potential
in everything that surrounds


at dVerse, we have been invited to write about artisans and craftspersons. I hope it’s OK that I went with artists instead. Two of my favourite artists are my own mom, whose paintings are absolutely lovely, and one of my sons, who (as can be seen from the etch-a-sketch image above) has artistic talent that leaves my artistic talent in the dust

Fear not the smallness of your deed

fear not the smallness
of your deed
for though it seems
so insignificant
your one small act
still impacts the world
in ways you might never predict

in a cold, dark room
a single candle
may only whisper warmth
but it shouts out light


a second offering for the dVerse “whisper” prompt