Every Artist Was First An Amateur

Hidden Talent

A community can use all the skills of its people. – Maori proverb

During Thanksgiving week, I and Rove Media set out to visit some artisans on a tiny island on the Chesapeake. I’d visited the studios of it’s residents previously and had been awestruck at the talent in a place that few people know exists.  It led me to wonder how many ingenious people all across the country go unnoticed because they are tucked away in little undiscovered places. Or could it be for other reasons? Indeed it takes a healthy dose of courage to pursue what “floats one’s boat.”

The site of our wanderings is a place known for a waterman’s life and not too many people would consider living there due to it’s remoteness.  The lifestyle is not for everyone.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone we visited for allowing me and Rove Media to enter into their place of business or private studio to film my most recent video “2017 Greetings.” 

As we made our rounds I couldn’t help but reflect on the words of Henry Van Dyke who once said “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”




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