From the Artist
Drawing courses from inside my head, down my arm, to my hand....
The marks become little dictators. They demand my attention and, sometimes, even my blood as fingers crack and bleed.
Still I believe in the power of drawing as medicine.
In my life I have used this medicine to overcome many obstacles--alcohol, drugs, cigarettes...
I draw because I have no choice: it is my blessing, it is my curse.
—From https://froelickgallery.com/usr/library/documents/main/26/2001_bartow_drawing_as.pdf, accessed 6-2-2021
Rick Bartow was a Native American sculptor, painter, and printmaker born in Newport, OR. He was a member of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, a small tribe indigenous to Humboldt County, CA. Bartow earned a BA in art education from Western Oreg...Read More ⟶