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When Kent Nerburn received a letter from a young woman questioning a life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. So Nerburn resolved that he would write his own letter: one of welcome and encouragement to all young artists setting out on the same strange and magical journey, sharing the wisdom of a life spent working in the arts.
From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, On Making Art & Being an Artist offers insight, solace, and courage to help young artists on the winding road to creative fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art’s power to transform the human experience.
'Helpful, deceptively simple, straight-shooting, celebratory'
'With a poet's grace and a craftsman's precision, Kent Nerburn has written a powerful and deeply moving meditation on what it means to live the life of an artist - and, ultimately, what it means to be human. On Making Art & Being an Artist might be the most inspiring book you'll read all year'
'Kent Nerburn's understanding of the transcendent nature of the creative process is vividly on display in his uplifting new book. His enthusiasm is contagious. Tune into his wise words and make something beautiful'
'A master teacher with the most generous heart, filled with lifetimes of wisdom'
'A tender and beautifully written guide for anyone working in the arts . . . [a] little gem of a book'
The Wee Review
'Like Paulo Coelho, Nerburn takes on a spiritual grandfather role. [This] encouraging piece of text . . . hinges on well-researched, inspirational quotes from great artists. Sometimes that is what we all need . . . If you’re in need of a creative pick-me-up, cherish this'
'A rare invocation of pure spirit. I loved it like an old song'
ANDREW O'HAGAN on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG
'A book of revelation . . . a true-life fable and a provocative call'
ROBERT PLANT on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG
'Kent Nerburn reveals to us that which lies beyond the surface appearance of reality. His writings are permeated by stillness. In a world gone astray, they are of inestimable value'
ECKHART TOLLE, author of The Power of Now on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG