The Mind of an Art Forger

Tony Tetro loved what he did and he was good at it. I am learning a lot about persistence and craft and believing in yourself, from reading his memoir. Who’d have thought my writing process would be so much like art forgery?

Then, forgery was fun, like a challenging puzzle or a riddle to solve. I loved figuring out intriguing ways to make an artwork plausible. I loved doing everything perfect — leaving little hints that only the most knowledgeable experts would appreciate. It’s strange to say, but half the fun was imagining the oohs and aahs I would get and the little nods of appreciation I might receive. Without that, art forgery would have been just another job.

Con/Artist: A Memoir, p. 102

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