"Being an artist in the Midwest is not very different than being one in...Europe. Think of a painter on the Rhine....drawing inspiration from your surroundings.....creating in order to express beauty and finding peace in the sheer joy of it...."
Oh yes, certainly, she is thinking of a painter on the Rhine by the name of Rembrant, or Vermeer, or countless other possibilities, but to me, it seems like a personal little secret I image being whispered to me "Hello, you! You too are a creative soul, with your Midwest roots, your ancestral Dutch Rhine roots, and your new German Rhine roots. Embrace it!!!!"
The final words of this book are so lovely I'll share them too:
"Beauty is in the way you live. Enjoy your surroundings. Let them inspire you. Follow your own path, and approach everything you do with love in your heart."
beautiful site, and be prepared to be inspired!