Ben Martin (1930-2017) covered wars, fashion, politics, arts, business and sports for Time, Life, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated for thirty-three years. He covered Martin Luther King during the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March, took the infamous sweaty five-o’clock shadow photograph of Richard Nixon during the Kennedy-Nixon TV debates in 1960 that Nixon claimed cost him the election, and photographed Time’s now famous “Swinging London” cover story. He photographed major cover essays on the 25th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and 40th anniversaries of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, the Mozambique civil war from both the rebel and Portuguese sides and an arctic expedition to the North Pole. His photograph of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral led to a Life magazine cover, and his coverage of Pope Paul’s trip to the Holy Land was a cover feature in Time.
Veronica Winters is one of those rare professionals who can paint stunning beauty with near perfection. Her precise, colorful, and highly imaginative style often leaves the viewer speechless. It isn’t easy, nowadays, to find an artist that is still following in the footsteps of the Old Masters and is putting in the time to create works of truly fine contemporary art. In our continuing celebration of women and their amazing accomplishments, The World Art News is pleased to publish Part 2 of our Exclusive Interview with Veronica. Let’s begin!
Everyone has different preconditions, but there is only one way to become an artist, painter, or what you are dreaming of, and that is to start. You have to start to do the thing you want to do, and to become who you want to be. Put yourself out there, don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress. One day at a time, do something small to build on your dream of becoming an art entrepreneur. If you have to do other things to get going, or work part time for a while at the same time, see that as an opportunity. Life is not one page; you are writing a certain chapter at this moment, but that includes a lot, so don’t add limitations to your life when they actually don’t exist.
I had ignored my talent of painting for years. Perhaps it might have been hidden for a reason and revealed at a time like this. Sometimes life takes you on a journey, so you will evolve and have different experiences getting you ready for your bigger future.
My journey as an artist and painter started in late 2019. I was inspired to draw more and more. It was a powerful, intuitive feeling. I couldn’t ignore it. Then I went to buy the painting material to get started, and once I had done the first oil painting, I knew this is it, it is my gift, and it is my passion. I do believe as humans–we are capable of a lot. And to paint is one skill I want to develop as much as I can, even if it’s not the only thing I have the talent to do.