It’s kind of an odd story on how I came to meet Sterling Witt. I’d heard of him because he had been nominated for a local music award, but he isn’t local to the Lehigh Valley or even Pennsylvania. Apparently there is a rule that allows any artist that has performed more than six times in our area to be eligible for a nomination for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards though I’m not even sure how Sterling, a singer/songwriter/visual artist from a small town near Kansas City, MO even found his way to the Valley in the first place.
I must have first seen something about him on Facebook then clicked a link to see what he was all about. His music is playful & catchy, his voice deep and soothing, but his art, his ART!!! AHHHH! I loved it immediately! Though he works in a completely different style than I am familiar with, his vast body of work in various media, combined with a somewhat seemingly relentless nature towards artistic self-expression, reminded me of… me!
So I just had to meet him.
He was back in our area at the beginning of this past summer and after exchanging a few pleasantries at a local benefit performance, Sterling, (who I discovered plays an upside-down acoustic guitar, a right handed guitar strung for a lefty) agreed to meet with me a few days later to discuss art, life, the universe, and everything.
Dressed in his usual black T-shirt & jeans, black hat perched atop his head, he shows up at my house and we spend a few hours talking – at first as total strangers, about the creative process, how to overcome self-doubt as an artist, risk taking, and the glorious life of a creative soul.
As the conversation continued, I was mesmerized by this person but I’m not even sure by which part – I think mostly for the fact that I had the opportunity to share space with someone new that I would come to recognize as both as a peer and also as a role model. The opportunity to trade notes about our borderline obsessive need to be continuously creating, (art, music, words…) and to find we shared such beliefs as “Like Attracts Like” made me feel as though we were never really strangers at all…
Sterling comes across as incredibly authentic and as living his truth. Sweet, humble and completely accessible, this man is completely fearless with his art and overall personal expression – he is always keeping an eye on his long-term goals and it definitely motivated me to have an encounter with someone more goal-orientated than I am.
I presented Sterling with a pile of paper and various art supplies at the end of our chat which made him quite happy. Once back home, he sent me a note about how some of the drawings in the video below were created on the paper I gave him. (You just know there was Rhodia, Clairefontaine & J. Herbn in that mix….)
You can find Sterling on the web – be sure to check out both his art & music – as each are simply amazing.
The video below was the first I’d learned of Sterling. I loved this music & these women so much I bought three posters of them to hang in my house. (Chloe, Zooey & Odeya) It was such a joy to show Sterling how Chloe hangs over my desk and continues to offer inspiration…