An Artist’s Journey: The Project Begins

Chris Muhl Artist Starvation Creek

I’ve never liked applying titles to myself, such as chef, carpenter, runner, sailor, or musician. I guess this is because I’m not very good at any of these things, thus, I don’t feel worthy of the title. If you have ever heard my rendition of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” on a guitar, you would understand what I mean. My version sounds more like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the key of T, short for terrible.

But, if I had to apply a title to myself, I suppose artist would do, as it seems to be how everyone refers to me. I’ve always loved the process of creation. To be lost in an endless expanse of creative thoughts for hours, or even days, and weeks, and months, is like a journey into the vast, unknown depths of yourself. Over the years, I’ve explored photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry design, carpentry, writing, and so on. And so it is, that art, in one form or another, has accompanied me at most times in my journey through life.

On one occasion, while at a high school award ceremony honoring the achievements of senior students, I was awoken (apparently, I had dozed off) by the sound of applause and the frantic shaking of my friend, who tried to arouse me to tell me that I had won the Bank of America Art Achievement Award. Having been jolted out of a deep slumber, I clambered up to the stage still trying to figure out where I was, and for what purpose I had been summoned.

In my life, I have worn many hats, but I’ve always come back to art in one form or another.

Today, I apply my artwork to various causes in an effort to raise awareness for pressing environmental problems. I’ve created this website to tell the story of my artistic endeavors, and it is my hope that it will inspire others to charge forward in the direction of their passions.

At the heart of all my efforts, is a desire to do some good in this world; to give back something, as a sign of appreciation for all I have taken in meeting the needs of life.

My current project is titled, Drawings for Africa. It’s a mixed media project, incorporating drawing, graphic design, and other art forms, to call attention to the increasing severity of elephant poaching in Africa.

As the project unfolds, I will be detailing its development with updates, videos and pictures, and other highlights along the way. If you would like to watch the project unfold, please follow and/or share my blog.

I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. Together, we can make a difference in this world.

In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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