Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shock and Awe

I was approached this morning by a member of the Cumberland Society and asked to join their group. This is an honor that I cannot describe with mere English language. I have a dictionary right here and there is not a word for how flattered I am by this.
Before I became a painter I was an illustrator who constantly said,"someday I will be a painter" and constantly put it on the back burner, always finding a reason to do it later in life. I went to a Cumberland Society show here in Nashville and I actually saw people who were doing this as a profession, right here in my community. They were doing what I wanted to be doing and they were doing it very well. That day they became the yardstick I used to measure my life in art, what I would strive to be. If I worked and committed myself with laser like focus I might be able to do this also. To have them consider me a peer and to know they think my work qualifies for this honor leaves me speechless.
I have also seen the work they do in the art community here and consider them to be a tremendous asset to anybody in the art field in this area. I know they have coached and prodded me along over the years and I have seen them do it with anyone who approaches them with questions. I hope I am able to give and help as much as they have.
So to Dawn Whitelaw, Jason Saunders, Pam Padgett, Roger Brown, Paula Frizbe, and Michael Shane Neal, thank you, thank you a thousand times over and I will do everything I can to uphold everything the group stands for for the next artist wanna be who stumbles into a Cumberland Society show and says,"that's what I want to do."

11 comments:

Terry Miura said...

That's awesome, Kevin! Congratulations!!

Marilyn Farnsworth Wendling said...

Well done Kevin!!! I can think of no one better suited to the Cumberland Society than you!!

Best always ~

erin said...

AAAAAAAAA!

look who's the hot shot now.

Keith Tilley said...

Congratulations on achieving your goal!

Doug said...

WOW! THAT'S AMAAAAZING, as Huel Howser would say. : )

Congratulations Kevin!!

C. Ousley said...

Way to go Chief!

Kevin Menck said...

Thanks everybody!
It feels like I have developed a "blog" family that is there to encourage me at all my milestones in life.Consider this a big "blog" hug.

mike rooney studios said...

was taking some new work to vision gallery and who do i see? i say i know that dude! really if you walked by me in the mall i wouldnt know it was you.... but i feel like i know you. we're blog buddies. welcome to Vision Gallery and good luck with sales. your stuff looked great on the wall! congrats and welcome to the neighborhood!
congrats on your new membership too

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Congratulations Kevin!!!

C. Ousley said...

I guess you will strut around in your Cumberland Society leather jacket and push around Chestnutters!

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