Canada is tough on its artists, which makes us better!

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We are witnessing a crucial period in our neighboring democracy, which will determine the USA’s future. Will the dominance of the U.S. prevail, or will it enter history as did the fall of the Roman Empire, and fade into oblivion?

We are witnessing a crucial period in our neighboring democracy, which will determine the USA’s future. Will the dominance of the U.S. prevail, or will it enter history as did the fall of the Roman Empire, and fade into oblivion? Since the democratic election of President Trump, we’ve experienced an evolving struggle for the soul of America, and as such the strength of this president and his ability to lead.
As with a sporting event, where a championship is determined by factors of
preparedness, practice, overcoming obstacles – their training – the more obstacles, the more training, analysis and testing and contesting wills, the more chances to become a champion. The president is learning on the job.
I know, myself, having experienced my own struggle for a ‘place in the Art and Thought’ of my times. If my life had been easy and I was lavishly supported all the way, I would have enjoyed the complacency of comfort — and become a ‘loser’. Instead it was difficulty after difficulty in the art world; in the end,
successfully contesting and succeeding with the best of the best in the world, from France to Japan. So honours to Danica, my wife, manager, and inspiration, are well deserved!
Canada’s art scene proved to be the best sparring partner I could have asked for, tough and consistent, and I have no issues with that! It became a documentation of my life.
The strength of any “champion” is measured by the strength of his or her adversary; it is not a matter of preferential process of selection. Thank you, Canada, for your patience, since so far, you have not stoned me as a national artist, which is a good sign of your maturity.

Rasto Hlavina,
PONTIAC