Hidden treasures in stacks of papers

By Harry Croghan Contributing Columnist

February 20, 2014

I think my wife and I save about everything especially where our children are concerned. The other night, while rummaging through a high stack of papers, we found a piece written by our oldest son, Perry, when he was 18 or 19 and attending OSU. I think this was for one of his classes. I don’t know how the professor felt about it but we liked it and put it up for safekeeping. I guess now is a good time to share his ideas on art.

“Human technique should never come before human soul. Unfortunately, the creation of the hand alone holds many more eyes in this civilization than the creations of man’s inner feelings. Art, in order to be true art, must have meaning to the soul because it is created from the energy of the soul. True art is not a pictorial representation of something but is the binding of the heart, mind, and soul in order to create a visible show of energy. Detail is not what makes something a piece of art…feeling is.

“Feelings originate from a person’s inner-self and a person’s feelings contain all the different aspects of life. Creativity, love, passion, fear, confusion and power all make up a person’s thoughts and feelings and are all contained to some extent in a true artwork. Art is a soul’s interpretation of the world for no other force can overpower it. Art is simple feeling in a complex society.

“In a word, art is thought. In a thought, art is life.”

I will have to say that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. I think we influenced him a bit.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at (740) 852-4906 or by e-mail at