Author & Artist
In the curve of a line there waits, equally, the power of words and the power of image. Melinda B Hipple
I've always had a love affair with the pencil. From my earliest expressions of creativity, I've cycled through periods of drawing into writing and back to drawing. My first recognizable work of art was a sketch of a bird made when I was two and a half. As I learned the power of words, my focus changed to poetry and stories. I had never considered how these two disciplines were connected in my psyche until I sat down to write this brief explanation of my current interests in both art and literature. I've worked in a variety of media over the years, but always I come back to the humble pencil. Humble ... and powerful. Even though my fingers no longer hold wood and graphite to write my poetry and prose, I still connect them in my mind. And when I draw, I feel a great respect, even reverence, for my 9H, 2B and the host of other pencils I use to create my works of art. I marvel at how much can be expressed—whether in the form of letters or figures—by pressing soft gray lead against white paper. In graphite, I once created a self-portrait piece called Circle of Life. Now, I fully understand how meaningful that title is.