Remembering Every Day

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at a college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” 

–Howard Ikemoto

Howard Ikemoto was my first drawing teacher when I was 19. Stroke of luck, that. He was such an amazing teacher, that I didn’t need the passage of time to know just what a lucky student I was; I knew it at the time.  I recently came across some old sketchbooks from then, and realized just how much I carry my teachers voices with me as I go on with my life and my work. I remember Howard telling the above  story one day in class. 

One of the things I love best about making art is the way it keeps me integrated: the four year old me, the 15 year old me, the 19 year old me, the 40 year old me. When I draw or paint, it’s easier to know that part inside that remembers- and I can tap into the same joy of “making” that I felt when I was four, and will feel when I’m 90.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Every Day

  1. haynesbe

    M-m-m-m-m. I like those thoughts. I don’t find the same integration in my writing….but maybe I need to look harder for it.

  2. mark


    i had a few really great art teachers, yet howard was the best. i had the chance to tell him that one time. it made him smile.
    i really enjoyed reading your words, because there have been a few times on your blog, where you have made statements about art making, where i recognized howard’s voice. as we often forget all of the many inspirations of the ideas we eventually form, i had wondered if you remembered those statements as ideas that howard would also emphasize.
    yes, we were lucky, and it probably has no small part to do with the fact that many years later, we are still making art



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