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RICK DELANTY, San Clemente

It’s true that no single person views the world the same way. Everyone has their own experience, their own perspective on life, their own opinion.

As a professional artist and teacher for nearly the past 50 years, I acknowledge that, and realize that seeing the potential in a painting idea or a potential student is what I can do to find peace and balance for myself, and to help others find theirs.

Art can transcend differences, promote beauty, and unify us in our search for harmony and the best of what the world has to offer.

That’s what my former student and artist Roy Gonzalez has done with his design for the San Clemente Ocean Festival, in creating a work that promotes the Festival’s mission to present a quality family and athletic event, that draws athletes and spectators from all over the world to compete and appreciate.

The design is fun, reflects both San Clemente history and surf culture, and is technically and fantastically well-illustrated.

As the designer of the Ocean Festival logo, and of the “Triton” logo of our local high school, I realize that the work of an artist who creates for the public has a certain responsibility: not necessarily to reflect everyone’s individual viewpoint, but to create a “spirit of community” with the design that transcends differences.

I believe Roy has done that, and that his designs going forward will continue to be popular with the public, and—like the work artist Bob Harlow has done for the Ocean Festival—will in future be considered to be classic.

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