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I love to paint!!  I have been an artist for the most part of my life.  My struggle has always been finding the time to produce quality art, make a decent living and stay fresh with my work.  It is the same struggle for every artist I have  ever met.  We are torn between creativy, technology and survival.  Many of us chose to forfiet our standard of living to do what we creativly desire.  Some of us are fortunate to make a great living at doing what we love, and having the best of both worlds.  I cannot imagine a world without art.  It's unfortunate that this is the first subject we chose to remove from our school systems.  Art and music go hand in hand, and should be mandatory subjects, not electives.   When I reach a creative plateau, I know it is because I have been operating too much on the left side of my brain.  To make the transisition back over to the right side takes energy and conscious effort.  I take a walk on the beach, listen to good music, or garden.  Anything to make the transistion.