A trip to Morocco confirmed pastel artist Aaron Schuerr‘s belief in the power of art to bridge languages, cultures and even time.
In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the artist’s chance encounter with a village elder who patiently insisted on being captured on canvas resulted in a “lousy” painting, but an unforgettable experience. “It reminded me that art happens between people,” Schuerr says. “The painting is
the vehicle that connects people across time and distance. I tell my story in as honest a way as possible and then allow the viewers to finish it with their own story.”
Schuerr says of art, “The real magic is that the artist need not be there; the painting hanging on the wall is the conduit. Stand in a museum before a Rembrandt, and you converse across the centuries with the artist. Is that not a wonder? In its truest form, art is a gift given and a gift received.”
Learn more about Schuerr’s Moroccan experience in the February 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, available at NorthLightShop.com .
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