Rob Kempinski wrote:
To try to solve this problem perhaps we first need to define ?world class?. For purposes of discussion let?s assume a world class artist is someone that has placed a tree in a world competition, conducted a demonstration over seas, or has published a book or magazine about bonsai or has a large and outstanding personal collection.
Rob, I could place a tree in a world competition and I am hardly World-Class, although there are many names on your list that are worthy, let's redefine this list to those who have placed in the top ten of a judged world class competition at anytime with a tree that they had designed themselves. We are, after all, talking about those who produce world class bonsai, not those who place entries in world class competitions.
Nor does the fact that someone has conducted a demo make them world class and I don't think being a publisher or a writer should automatically qualify someone as world-class artist either. Since we are talking about world-class artists and not collectors, patrons, or promoters, although the lack of such may lend to the American problem being discussed here, we should focus on the true world-class bonsai artists, those few who are recognized as being the best by the judges in world-class events.
But then again, this would leave out the work of artists who can not or do not choose to make it to these shows as to date, they are all overseas. This would give as the names of the world-class artists who show their trees in such venues only.
Maybe we should set up a dedicated European/American area here where artists from each can freely post one tree that best represents their talent? With a couple world-class artists as moderators to weed out the undesirable, over some time the scales just may slip one way or another. Posting a picture or emailing one in is certainly easy to do, even those without Internet access can be represented by a friend.