Colin Lewis wrote:
John Dixon wrote:
Our deficiency seems to be exposure. I agree that much has to improve in that regard. But then again, "Rome wasn't built in a day".
You're right, John. Exposure to the best makes you want to do better. When you do better, the best will want to get even better. And so it goes.
It sure did, and does, for me. I am completely and utterly convinced that once you see quality bonsai - and have an understanding of what the term truly means - you cannot help but strive to attain the same level (with a desire to even surpass it).
I highly value the opportunities I have had to do that. I can only imagine what that is like on a global scale. You, Walter, Bill and some others here do know. That is why I (and others here) value your opinions so highly.
As far as talent, I have seen some talent from around the world. Although I am far from an authority on the subject, I can say without reservation that I know one individual (locally and a member of my club) who has a talent for growing stock that rivals many of the best. This guy is the real deal, and the vast majority of his "collection" is in $1-5 growing containers. He does display from time-to-time, but most people do not have an appreciation of what talent he has. I can only imagine how many are like him throughout the U.S. While styling is only one aspect of bonsai appreciation, I find it to be the most important. I figure (theoretically) a guy who can style a pine with such awe that you don't even notice the pink polka dot pot and cardboard stand is a force to be reckoned with - and envied.