“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton
If we have had some success in any area, including art, we can be sure that we have benefitted from one or more mentors. Mentors come in a variety of circumstance. Some, like parents, may pour their life into you or I for years. Others may have had a word of encouragement for us at a time of great need. There may have been teachers and spiritual leaders that have influenced our path dramatically. In another sense, a teaching line is a type of mentoring, In art we can learn not only from living mentors, but from the artwork left behind by great painters.
It is of great benefit, not only to our mentors, but to ourselves, to acknowledge how much their encouragement and support has meant. Here is a short video that talks about mentors in art. Free Painting Lesson Axiom#5 Honoring Mentors – YouTube