“You must start from the general to get to the specific.” “It’s not how much work you do in one day that counts, its how much work you do well in that day.” These are just a few of the memorable and helpful words of encouragement of Professor Tarrence Corbin that echo in my mind as I work in the studio.
Over the years his words and actions as a visual artist, businessman, friend and mentor to all, have been a great influence in my life. Through knowing him I have learned so much about what it really means to be master at your field. It’s the same values that my parents taught me that I hear in Professor Corbin’s words of wisdom. Whether it was art, business, or just simple guy talk, my ears were open and hanging on every word. My development as an artist would have not been possible if it wasn’t for people like Professor Corbin who have paved the way for me. His prolific work ethic, honesty to the craft, and endless commitment to perfection, are values that I hold dear. Work comes first, and as he would say, “WORK is the four-letter word that separates any artist from the next.”
As a former student and now professional artist, I salute you, Professor Corbin, for reminding me to paint what I know and to always perform at my best. Thank you so much for being a teacher and friend to me. Your words echo in my mind now and forever.
On December 3rd 2009, Tarrance Corbin left this word for another; may is memory shine with stars and sun.
There is an exhibit of Tarrence Corbin’s paintings currently on view at the Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati. Entitled An artist in his Element, it is up through 18 Dec 09.