Friday, July 31, 2009


The great thinkers in the golden age of Greece lived by the mentor example shown in Greek mythology, where Mentor was placed in charge of Telemachus in the Odyssey, later the characters take the form of Mentor and they succeed. The apprenticeship system of the Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance fostered the method further.The relationship carries many myths such as age, gender, similar fields, or proximity as being qualifying factors, especially since many mentorships can now be carried out via the internet. Experience shows that there are powerful mutual benefits within the relationship that can manifest positive effects in productivity, clarity in goals, and build expertise. Camille Pissaro and Paul Cezanne are fine mentor protege examples. There are lists of creatives in the Mentor Hall of Fame .

~ In every art beginners must start with models of those who have practiced the
same art before them. And it is not only a matter of looking at the drawings,
paintings, musical compositions, and poems that have been and are being created;
it is a matter of being drawn into the individual work of art, of realizing that
it has been made by a real human being, and trying to discover the secret of its
creation. ~ Ruth Whitman
In 2004 in an Orlando Sentinel article about my studio gallery they used full color which helped build my business with an added surprise it caught the attention of Dana Schmidt who emailed me asking if I would be his mentor. Dana is shown above working on his most recent pastel. I am so excited as he has recently launched his own online shop at 1000 markets! He has an active life composing music, traveling, volunteering at Legal Aid, and taking care of cats at the local shelter. Not only did he open a shop but he initiated a market and is the manager of For the Birds of which I am now an exhibiting member.
I am filled with gratitude to those whom I have been drawn in to and have gathered knowledge, encouragement and skills as both mentor and protege. I believe strongly in the importance of role models and mentors. You Make a Difference!
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