You Can Accomplish More Than You Know
I was working in our art booth at a big Morgan horse show at the Monroe, Washington Fairgrounds years ago. I had done 8-9 airbrush portraits that day already, and more orders were stacking up. My partner, Cheryl Wofford, was handling the orders, and I was smiling, and disappearing into each art project as completely as possible to get everything done.
Screen printed shirts, airbrush, and blank shirts were stacked around us, and customers were straining to watch as I airbrushed permanent colors on pristine, white shirts, freehand, "on the fly". My shoulders and wrists were burning from the hours of effort.
A lady in a pretty, sparkly top, made it to the front of the crowd, and I could see the sparkles of her shirt out of the corner of my eye as I worked. I quickly looked down from my easel, to see what she had tossed onto the table beside me. It was a folded shirt in a nice, plastic package. It showed part of a very detailed painting of a pretty, bay Morgan mare.
I looked at the area right around the mare's eye. Boy, what a nice, detailed job, on that eye. I could never do that, as my style was so free and open, and I dislike doing every picky detail. "I would never be that good," I thought.
I turned again to the shirt on my easel. The lady started talking to my partner, and suddenly, I knew her distinctive, gravelly voice. I turned to my right, and looked up into her face. I recognized my client from yesterday. That was my own artwork on her packaged shirt.
I was that artist, that I thought I would, “never be”. My mother told me all my life, "You can do anything you set your mind to, Stacey - never forget that. You are as good as anybody else." The memory of her words came flooding back.
Although she died when I was just 16, I could hear her words again, in my heart. My doubtful thoughts were wrong. That moment, I knew my mother was right. My mother had given me the key; “You can do anything if you set your mind to it”.
When one of my four daughters expresses frustration over things, like "drawing as well as mom," I remind them, it's all in how you believe in yourself, because it's really true, "you can do anything if you set your mind to it."
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*Robert, Joyce, (44), Martha, (10) and David Rank (8) perished in a drowning accident at Ozette Lake, 7/11/ of 1973. Robert Rank was a music teacher in Kent, Washington, and concert organist for the University Congregational Church, and earlier, University Presbyterian Church, of Seattle. Stacey's older sister, Una Stewart, is a singing coach, and author of children's books. Stacey's younger sister, Randi Knox, (only survivor of the accident), works in aerospace related software.