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I've grown as a person and as an artist in the years since that event. I've explored the world, mostly my corner of it, and
discovered an incredible array of natural splendor in the process. I've created many photographs that I'm proud of,
written several projects including this journal which I'm equally proud of, and have led nature photography workshops
of my own. During one such workshop, I met my future wife, Karen...an extremely important life-changing event, indeed!

Karen and I have worked together through the years on numerous creative projects and have many more planned!
She helps me tremendously in putting Artists Are Always Right together and, most importantly, after twenty-seven years
of marriage, we are still very much in love!

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that life is all sunshine and flowers. Regardless of whether you're an artist or a counter
of gazelles, life is not easy. Some events are not pleasant. My sixty-one years on the planet thus far has taught me that
much!

Still, if you're fortunate, as I consider myself to be, the good events will outnumber the bad and, even during the worst of
times, you know that there's always tomorrow. I sound like Scarlett O'Hara!

My personal journey as an artist is far from complete. I know that I have more things to see, more things to do, and many
more events to discover that I can't even imagine at this point in time. I can't wait!

Artists are by nature, very inquisitive souls. They have to be. Artists strive to understand why we are all here, make some
kind of sense out of it all, and share their interpretations of what they experience along the way for others to see, read
and hear.

In keeping with this, I will close this UP FRONT with observation number 900 from the SchwartzShirts.com website.

"Artists are receptors and interpreters of something much greater than themselves."

Until we connect again...


                                                                                                                     Douglas Schwartz, Publisher and Editor
Life is comprised of many important events. Birth, learning to walk and talk, graduation
from school, and marriage are prime examples. Somewhere along the course of these
events, each person tries to discover what they want to do with their life. As I look back,
it seems as if being an artist was always what I wanted to do with mine.

This summer of 2019 marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of one of the most important
events in my life as an artist. I am referring to my participation in a workshop led by
master landscape photographer, Eliot Porter, in Rockport, Maine. Some of my
memories of that experience are featured in the SPOTLIGHT.