In second grade I remember an art assignment asking the class to choose something to draw. I chose an illustration depicting a pony, and although the sketch was hardly memorable,  the reaction from the other students and the teacher I will never forget. A bell went "ding" in my head and I knew right then and there that I would be an artist  -- and perhaps, just perhaps, experiencing again that positive and inspirational reaction that I experienced from the teacher and my classmates in the second grade.

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