Acknowledgements for Patrons of Matricism and the Randall Technologies
The path of an artist is often very lonely, made up of many long hours in the studio year in and year out. We challenge a profession where our intellectual success has traditionally been a lone accomplishment. On the other hand, with society so advanced today, the realization of our intellectual ideas is seldom an accomplishment we can achieve on our own. It would not have been possible for me to continue my exploration in Matricism or invent this new mode of creating a painting without the collaboration of many wonderful people. Without them, I would not have had the freedom to explore the many possibilities my art has provided me.
When I think of the path I have taken and how I got here, there is one man alone that made my life possible, my father! He conditioned me and taught me, he provided the path and the philosophy, and the love that is still strong today, twenty five years after his death. My mother and father were the greatest gifts a son could ever have had.
For my art, I cannot say enough about my friend and artistic partner, Dr. John Randall. When we are working together, it is the epitome of artistic endeavor and invention. When I needed things to work a certain way or needed an added capacity he had a wonderful saying that all engineers will know. “Anything is possible. It is just a matter of a little more time, a little more engineering, and a little more money!” Without his passion and the patience of his beautiful wife Patrice who tolerated our late nights, this technology would not exist. With him, we created a bridge from art to technology unlike any before it, and the vast possibilities have yet to be fully explored.
I also have been blessed with two long time friends who have inspired and assisted in many creative projects, Don Harrison and Nicholas Moore. Don worked with me since our college years and has been a devoted friend. With his background in engineering, he has kept my tools running smooth and has assisted me in the many laborious hours of mixing paint and keeping it flowing. As for Nick, there hasn't been anyone better with whom to brain storm art.
A special thanks to my sister Marta, no one has believed in my work more and tried harder to assist me along the way.
I would like to thank Ms. Janna Hall, who provided extraordinary funding for our research into robotically created art. We had to have the opportunity to learn to walk before we could run. She provided that along with her moral support, a true blessing to our efforts.
Much of what we accomplished in the first few years of developing our technology would not have been possible without the backing of the Jeffersonian Institute in Jefferson, Texas. The Institute provided years of support with studio space, important government and institutional funding, along with a continued flow of experimental projects that helped spur our innovations.
When an artist tackles a new art form, they need to spend a few years learning and mastering their new subject. One cannot focus on markets or doing what sells. You need time and support to experiment and test the expressive boundaries of your work. One of my first great patrons was a wonderful collector from Kyoto, Japan. By funding early experiments in creating different ways of using Matricism, I owe much to this great international collector, Mr. Mabo Fukumaru, a Patron of the first rank!
When I turned my focus to applying Matricism and my technology to the execution of Pointillist theories for landscape painting, again I was blessed with another true patron in the historical mold. Like so many other times in the past, the right individual walked into my life as though he was waiting for his cue. An email appeared and into my life walked one of the most important patrons in my career, Mr. Frank McEachern of Dallas, Texas. Without his committed support and funding, I would not have been able to take time from portraits and focus entirely on developing this form of Pointillism. Frank and his lovely wife, Sharon have become great friends and collectors and I owe them a great deal for their faith and support.
And last but first in every way, I must thank by beautiful wife Joyce. If you are an artist, may you be as blessed as I with someone who will stand beside you, support you and bring the love and passion that your heart and soul needs to survive. I would have cut my ears off long ago without her in my life.
No artist is a lone force. As a student of art, the freedom to learn and grow takes the support and backing of friends, family, teachers, guides, and patrons. By providing the resources, opportunity, knowledge, and inspiration, all the wonderful people who have touched my art share in my accomplishments. To all of them I say with the fondest of heart, all of you share a part of my art and deserve your signature to the fruits of our efforts.
Thank you all for giving me a life of dreams and discovery.
Christian Howard Seidler