“There is…a vitality…that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” —dancer Martha Graham

“If you are sure that what you have to say is unique, then you are not out to please or not to please…or to impress or not to impress. You have your message and that’s it. If they like it, it’s alright; if they don’t… [[shrugs]]” —pianist Claudio Arrau

“Whatever it is that you do, you must do it, or you cannot fully be you.” —my mother, an artist

“Creative urges cannot know their future; they simply flare and the world creates consequences.” —my father, an artist

“Others are others, I am I.” —Japanese proverb

“I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.” —Popeye the Sailor Man

It is in the spirit of these words from a dancer, a pianist, my mother, my father, a proverb and a vintage cartoon character that I share what I create.

This is what I am,
this is what I have,
and this is what I offer.

I thank you for reading.

Claire

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