The woman who bought this painting cried when she saw it. I’ve never had anyone react to one of my paintings that way before. “It is like a dream … the images of these fish being fish and being lovely just by being,” she said, “This “fish joyfulness” you have captured. It will be a most rewarding day each day when I go … down … to the front door and see this.”
A person with that rare sensitivity helps you understand your own motives. What had drawn me to paint these fish swimming? Yes, their joyfulness of being.
[Top of the post: Koi Swimming, 40 x 30, oil on canvas by Aletha Kuschan, private collection]