I think I have many talents. As much as I would like to say that artistic abilities are at the top of the list, I would be telling a tall tale. The only thing I can do with a pencil is write, and my only connection to a paintbrush is the one time, several years ago, when I attempted to paint my bedroom. Picasso, I am not.

I envy those with a talented eye – those who can see beauty and dimension in the simplest things like flowers, the ocean or a child playing in the sand. I envy people who can make textures come to life – those with the ability to take something so minute and create greatness. Those who can convey a message through fine strokes of color or capture the essence of life through the lens of a camera. That’s true art in my opinion. That’s what I saw at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center during the opening reception of the 18th annual National Arts Program.

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