Carol Cronin - Dingle Artist - on Thin Places Impacting Creativity

Does the landscape impact creativity?  Does where you are matter when you're trying to create? Does the earth energy in thin places affect the creative mind and spirit?

This is the first in a series of interviews with artists exploring this subject.  I met Carol Cronin while in Dingle this past May.  The Carol Cronin Gallery is located on Green Street between St. Mary's Church and Main Street.  I asked Carol if being in Dingle - or anywhere for that matter - was important to her painting.  She gave a resounding "yes" and we videotaped a short interview.

It's no small coincidence that certain landscapes attract artists, healers, and mystics. And when reviewing the fruits of their creativity, it's hard to separate the artist from the landscape. Think of Yeats without Ireland's landscape woven into his poetery. Max Ernst painted the Sedona desert long before he physically saw it.

And the great State of Maine ...It drew writers Margaret Wise Brown, E.B. White, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and countless others to its forests, towns and shoreline. Recently best-selling author, Terry Goodkind said this of Maine ...

I had to live this long, have the experiences I've had, to create what I do. I knew I wanted to write for years, but I had to be ready so I wouldn't blow it. The move to Maine was the final step.

Is it any small wonder that Paris attracted artists for generations. Is it really the light? Whether it's earth energy, the intersection of ley lines or some other ephemeral blessing ... the land or sense of place appears to matter to artists.