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The plight of the artist

It is a commonly recognized phenomenon…

That many of the most reputable artists across any number of genre have had to deal with some serious personal demons.  This notion continues to  remain as true today as it ever has.

In terms of literature, we need only refer to people like Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway. When it comes to painting a case in point is Vincent Van Gogh. And more recently in the world of music we’ve seen the untimely demises of such talents as Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.

For some reason many, many artists seem to struggle with addiction, depression, bi-polar disorder or some other major issue.

While of course I cannot even dream of comparing myself to the likes of the folks mentioned above, I myself suffer from a mid-grade combination of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder, not to mention off and on bouts of depression.

As sad as all of this can be, perhaps in some ways it can be useful. Artists can channel these negatives into their work to create deep, intoxicating works and relate to their audience on a very personal level. In a very simplistic way of putting it, perhaps one can take the lemons life gives them and make lemonade.

Perhaps these challenges will always be with us but if that is to remain the case, maybe we can somehow at least make use of them.

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