Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe.

—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 507


Art is something I've been engaged in since I was a young girl; it was always a familiar and natural activity. I was surrounded by musicians early on, studied the violin for years, and later became a professional opera singer. I married a graphic artist, and, if that wasn't enough, both our children have careers in the arts. Clearly, for me, there has been no escaping thinking about what art is and what it means to be an artist! 

Our family has had to think through many of the typical questions related to art and ways of expressing it. We've also had to come to grips with and, quite frankly, swim against the tide of limitations and stereotypes about artists that would try to frame our lives. And we continue to work on developing our natural link to what I like to think of as the artistry of God.

Art is, to many, easily detachable from everyday life. Frequently, the first school programs to be eliminated in budget cuts are arts programs. But for those who see art as a way of life (and even describe it as their life), it defines their purpose and day-to-day experience.

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January 19, 2009

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