ONE OF THE GREAT PRIVILEGES OF THE WRITING BUSINESS IS THE PEOPLE ONE ENCOUNTERS – AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM
I would like to be able to explain my connection with the above portrait—but right now I can’t. But it is a truly striking painting by an artist I had never heard of before, but wish I had. Great talent is so uplifting. I always get a special thrill—a buzz, a high—when I encounter it.
But how do you know your judgment is right?
That’s a good question—and I don’t profess to know the answer. I can but guess.
I suspect it has a great deal to do with one’s environment when growing up. If you grow up surrounded by beautiful things, you will—probably—learn to appreciate what makes them so admirable.
Part of it may be genetic.
The painter of the above portrait is the phenomenal black Jamaican artist, Barrington Watson—a truly awesome talent. As Nelson Mandela is to African politics, Barrington Watson is to art.
Yet most of us have never heard of the man. We are the poorer for it—for talent inspires us all.