The temperament and values of a society are largely determined by the geography and climate in which it forms, no matter what mastery the society may have over the interiors it creates within the larger landscape. This is true for individuals as well. The artist recognizes herself as a product of her environment, and a reflection of it. Season by season, moment by moment, the physical surfaces and appearances of these natural forms may change, but their foundation remains the same. So it is with the individual. When we cease to notice these forms, when routine turns them into a rut rather than a path, it is often not long before our own selves fade into the background with them. To reflect upon these natural forms creates anew a space for the self to be acknowledged as it exists in that moment, in its unique permutation of what is persistent in us.
We look at the mountain to see the painting, then we look at the painting to see the mountain.
Mark Tobey, translation of a Chinese proverb