Art by Olga Parr
portraits commissions and fine art in pastel, charcol and watercolor
Michelangelo once have assigned the question:
"How did you create such sculpture?"
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

According to Zen philosophy, true knowledge cannot be imparted by words. Therefore the power of art lies in its elimination of the nonessential. The artist must reach the soul of the subject, give a viewer a hint about the essence of its existence, involve him to play a vital role by filling "the white space" with his own experiences, suggestions and emotions and by doing so - completing the work in his spirit.
Katsushika Hokusai said:
"I have drawn things since I was six.  All that I made before the age of sixty-five is not worth counting.  At seventy-three I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects.  At ninety I will enter into the secret of things. At a hundred and ten, everything - every dot, every dash - will live.”

"If heaven gives me ten more years (or even an extension of five), I shall certainly become a true artist."