I used to think that I had to leave the island to find excellent artwork. But a lot lately, I’ve come to enjoy local artistic talent such as those above.
When I was younger I didn’t spend too much time dwelling on art or even cultivating any interest in art. I knew that I was not good at drawing and no one really encouraged me to learn more about art. (Not that I wanted to.) So, I don’t know exactly when that interest finally took root or what work of art inspired me, but I know that I must have given in to some sudden curiosity. It was probably something sudden like a moment wandering in a random gallery which later became hours spent in a museum.
My fascination in art was often in other places far from Guam such as New York City and the West coast. So, having returned home, I wondered if that fascination would continue and if it would strike a chord like those I had seen Stateside. And it has, in the small exhibitions in local galleries and in hotels and even shopping centers. I found myself wanting to know more about local talent and to see more artwork.
Regardless of where and when I admired art or my slow and gradual love of art, I am glad that I do not need to go too far to admire artistry and talent.