Description We, the people The United States of America celebrates its 245th birthday this coming July 4th. The U.S. is a country of uniqueness. The form of government of the U.S. is said to be a Great Experiment. That experiment, started so many years ago, successfully continues to this day. The U.S. has been a country of permanent immigrants from conception and it continues to lead the world in acceptance of permanent immigrants to this day. Those that come to this country legally and become citizens and permanent residence are part of what make the U.S. great. There are those that say otherwise, but the annual number of legal immigrants coming to the U.S. disproves those claims.The Great Experiment offers freedoms to disagree, make decisions, live life styles of choice, worship or not worship, work in your chosen profession, and many others as well. There are also protections provided. Federal constitutional laws and individual state constitutional laws and rights, all designed to protect the citizenry of this great nation. All freedoms and protections are obtainable by everyone via this Great Experiment.Another aspect of the Great Experiment is the ability to adjust when and as needed. The Constitution provides the procedures for amendments and many have been made over the existence of this country.So, On this July 4, 2021 lets give thanks to God for his many blessings. Take pride in what we have and who we are. Set aside our differences, at least for the day. Commit to improvement, and celebrate the freedoms available to us in this great country.
Rick Schimpf, Pasadena, MD 21122 Member Since May 2016 Artist Statement Hello, allow me to tell you a little about myself. I’m retired from a career in Information Technology. I’ve had interest in art since a child. I even took a correspondence course when I was a kid - that’s an online course before the days of the Internet. Lessons, directions, and grades were exchanged via “snail mail”- Communications were slow - sometimes weeks between sending off a lesson and getting any type of response returned. I lost interest before completing the course. As an adult, I dabbled with painting from time to time but only in my retirement have I sustained my focus and efforts to develop my skills. I describe myself as a self-taught, hobbyist painter. I’ve made an occasional sale and have had several paintings exhibited. You may detect some influence in my work by painters such as Thomas Moran or more recent artists like Christopher Clark. I have a large collection of photos of Monet paintings and drawings for reference. However, I don’t strive to replicate any of their works and styles or limit myself to another’s criteria that may result in restricting development of my personal creative expression. Rather, I’ve viewed the works of those more accomplished. Studied many techniques, and attempt to use what I’ve learned to produce a painting that uniquely affirms my artistic style while at the same time captures, emphasizes, and celebrates the interest and beauty of the scene. In the words of Thomas Schaller - “We’ve likely all heard ‘There are no bad subjects, only bad paintings.’ Maybe so, but I’m saying something a bit different. It is not that the subjects we see are intrinsically beautiful or not. Nothing can actually contain beauty. Rather, beauty is found within us and we confer it upon what we see. And so, it is less that some person, place, or thing may inspire us than it is a matter of how adept we are at tapping into the inspiration we already contain. We access it, design it, and then put it down on paper. In this sense, we are the architects of our inspiration.” My paintings are primarily landscape and seascape scenes with an occasional venture into other interests. I hope you can have as much enjoyment viewing my paintings as I have producing them. I've exhibited in several local Maryland exhibits as well as on-line exhibits. My paintings have received awards, been covered by local and statewide newspapers, and digitally displayed at the Louvre in Paris.