Fire Duck: A Reflection on Art


Benji Hobson, Reporter

Art, in all of its forms, has always been regarded as a beautiful outpouring of self-expression. Unfortunately, this means art is often controversial, because every person who indulges in it has the ability to look at things in a different light; sometimes painting, sculpting, composing, and writing things that not everyone can understand. It is for this reason, that what can be considered truly great art may never find its way to grace the soft pages of celebrated literature, reverberate throughout vast concert halls, or adorn the soft-lit walls of museums. Due to this lack on the part of the public to accept and revel in the bold and the new, hundreds of great artists sadly must turn to more limited venues; their heartfelt songs confined to the shower, penned words trapped in torn-up drafts… and inspiring paintings contained in small public libraries. However, as this journalist was discouraged from listening at bathroom doors and rifling through others’ waste bins, this article can only depict a mere fraction of the raw artistic talent raging within our school. Thus the spotlight falls on the works of your peers currently displayed at the Woodland Park Public Library.

While the library is, at best, a modest location for brilliant art to be displayed, artists Nicole Miller, Paul Symes, Logan Ruths, Jeanette Worscheck, and Claire Williams are to be commended for being exhibited at all, as many artists never get to boast the privilege of being publicly displayed. Such a feat would be impressive under normal circumstances, but this accomplishment borderlines astounding when it is revealed that the work of these artists has been showcased at the library for an approximate twelve years and running. Yes, the work of these artists at the age of five to seven years has far outlasted any other art ever put on display by the library, even of that created by adults.

Upon reflection on their prior works, Nicole, Paul, Logan, Jeanette and Claire exhibited amusement, perplexity, and what even seemed to be awe in regards to the level of talent as young artists. In fact, a majority of the artist interviewed were so astounded by their past work that they expressed that they would not continue with their prospective careers in painting. A few decided against it as they seemed to be under the impression that they were not very good at painting. But senior Nicole Miller expressed that she would not, because her exhibition of After the Rain was “a special occasion for the eyes of the library”, and she felt she had already reached the height of her artistic ability. Senior Claire Williams felt the same way, stating that she felt that “younger Claire was so artistic that [current Claire] would probably fail in comparison.”

It is said that many artistic geniuses either start too late or stop too early, and while it is sad that you may never see a Miller alongside a Monet, or a Ruths by a Renoir, the important thing is to appreciate great art wherever and whenever we can. The world will, no doubt, be a slightly darker place now that the light of these talented young painters seems to have puttered out. But the impressions they left shall be forever burned into our minds, and what heat that remains in the works they leave behind should be harnessed to ignite our own candles of creativity.