inspiration?

Paul Shampine Art Artist sculptor sculpture tools

I was a busy kid...

It started when I was about 4.  I saw my Father using a screwdriver. Moments later, I had the back off an old antique radio, surgically removing wires, bulbs, and capacitors to see how it worked.  Unfortunately, it didn’t after that….sorry Dad.  If you ever wondered where the phrase “If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it!” came from…well, it came from my Dad.  Let’s just say, I’ve created a lot of spare parts over the last 30+ years.   Anyway, my fascination continues…but with people.  I’m intrigued by individuals who possess extreme talent.  Whether a writer, athlete, engineer, a Mother or…an artist, I admire the discovery of that talent and the application.

Paul Shampine Art Artist sculptor sculpture tools

My Grandfather's tools.

Although art is open for self-interpretation, I’m always interested in what the artist’s message is, their motivation, their “intention” as one artist put it and their inspiration.  So, I asked.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting feedback from a wide range of artists from all over the world on “What inspires your work?”  More to come…

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