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A better question would be: What is it about a particular work of art that attracted your attention?, or, How does it make you feel?, and, Does it stir any emotions or memories?

One of the first works of art that I purchased over 30 years ago is a limited edition etching by Kathleen Cantin.

“Riding The Wind” brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it and throughout the years it has been a reminder that I find my balance in the solitude and beauty of nature. The floating hot air balloons speak softly and clearly, reminding me of how deeply I value the freedom to create and do the work I love and to be the person I have become.

I believe this artwork has more than doubled in monetary value since I brought it home, but at the time, I didn’t even consider it as an investment. It resonated with me on a level that was beyond my understanding. I was going through one of those dark nights of the soul, a time of personal angst and major transition and this work of art lifted my energy like a magical talisman.

Throughout the past 30 years, and even more as I’m writing this, “Riding The Wind” comforts me like a very dear old friend that knows my history and reminds me to stay focused on what it is that I do want and what brings joy to my life.

Debra Cortese
Gallery Number Nine Artist & Curator