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Isn't it true that as we achieve greatness, people get uncomfortable and leave?
I'm no authority on greatness, but of the people that I would consider great, I feel the opposite. Great people aren't the people who have loads of insight or the most talent or the profound ability to make others feel small. They are people who inspire others.
I like how one guy I've had the pleasure of working with was willing to do the dirty work, but gave me the vote of confidence to jump in a new machine and perform useful tasks. Great people have a can do attitude, and it's contagious. When they come around, it feels like the sun is coming out. When they are not around, their presence is missed. Cliff is one of those guys. He doesn't try for attention. He doesn't have to. The guy is a magnet. Cliff is a scruffy Tristan of a pipeliner (if you remember Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall). He's a team player who inspires people to give 100% and love every minute. People follow him, not because he has profound insight or the ability to do everything better than everyone else. No, people follow him because he's a cowboy. He will make a hard job look easy and break a few rules in the process, but he does the little jobs too, modelling the attitude that doing less prestigious jobs won't take away greatness. Sure greatness is a subjective thing and everyone has greatness in them, but I like Cliff's style.  I wish I knew about it sooner.  I don't think it's greatness that drives people away, but maybe the craving that one might have for greatness. That craving can make people with genuine greatness loathsome to be around because they go to work trying to generate more prestige than they've earned. They might boss people around or play the Know-it-all. That style doesn't sit right with me or the other guys in my camp.  If you want to be great, mix bold with wise and a smack of humility, and I'm sure you will be doing things in circles you wouldn't have dreamed of a year ago. Wiping bums or dressing wounds maybe. (Not the circles you had in mind?)  If you make a few enemies along the way, that could mean a few things, not necessarily a sign you are on the right track, or the wrong one. People who are confident are willing to tell people off when lines are crossed.
I wish I had a little more of that. 
Great people make a difference right? Pushing for change in something can conflict with preservation or other interests. 

  What I know now is that feeling scared is part and parcel with walking the line that Jesus talked about with his circle of dudes, and a little inner tremor has been no stranger to me in the last year where great things have happened. Where I've met some of the Great. They come along and breed volition. It's not a call for human idolatry, but a service for the little warriors in the rest of us that need vision and a little faith to bust out. God Speed you crazies.


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Nate Kambal
Artist | Professional | Varied
Born to BC's west coast, I began an interest in art at the age of six.
Taking private lessons at the age of 9, I studied charcoal as a foundation for value and composition. After majoring in art through high school in an advanced placement program, I studied design and illustration at UFV where I received my diploma. The emphasis in that program was visual communication, which plays a key roll in my art today.
Upon graduating I worked with a graphics company that did murals. I learned a lot about planning large scale paintings from Dean Lauze, who was a big contributor in my development as an artist.
In 2005 Joseph, my business partner and brother, and I, started a clothing line called Brethren Empirical which featured graphic art and custom touches. After running Brethren clothing and selling limited run T shirts to boutiques for a few years, I returned my focus to fine art, only now instead of focusing on commission pieces, I work mostly on personal series.
While the main medium is oil, the occasional wood piece, gives me a chance to employ the chainsaw. Regardless of medium, nature and natural forms are emphasized in my work, often with strong narratives using a symbolic language. A lot of animals are used for this purpose, but the subject matter is God. Dreams also use a similar type symbolic language to tell us things. Since my dreams have been quite lucid at times, a dream journal has become one resource in producing ideas and images.
My ultimate goal, is to create beautiful work with mystique, to use skill to deliver a message to the heart, and to be thoughtful in the delivery.



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little-spacey Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Your gallery is awe-inspiring. You are one of those artists here on dA that is not quite like anyone else :+devwatch: 
N8grafica Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
you have no idea how much it means to me to hear that. I'm one of those artists who has tried to be true to who I am, harder than I've tried to be different or popular. Thanks.
little-spacey Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome, I mean every word. Looking through your gallery I was really impressed not only by your technical skill but by how original your subjects are, and the emotion coming through them - your works don't "blend in" with the rest of those on dA and that is a difficult thing to achieve in my opinion! So you being true to yourself is what makes your work so memorable, is my point.. so thank you for that! You really are an inspiration
Evalida Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
your art are awesome!!! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Senpai notice me) [V3] 
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
I appreciate that
SwimTheMoon Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Love your work; very creative.
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
graciegra Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful gallery :)
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for looking
misty007xx Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd just like to say your art is amazing, absolutely amazing :) And the meaning behind them is just wow. Although it's old, octopus garden is just... I can't express how true it is.
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