Benjamin West, a gifted and talented Colonial American portrait painter, decided to leave the “New World” in order to complete his artistic education in the “Old World”. As a expatriate artist living in London, West realized that his inspiration to become a painter wasn’t going to be found in England though. West attributes his gaze being directed toward Art to his mother. “A kiss from my mother made me a painter.” What do you think West meant by this statement? Your thoughts?
Benjamin West, Self Portrait, ca. 1776