Art is not pretty

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art is not always about pretty things.
It’s about who we are, what happened
to us, and how our lives are affected;

Elizabeth Broun
Retired Director of The Smithsonian American Art Museum

That may be so, and it’s good that it is so. If it wasn’t then there would be no room for the expression of emotions, both for the artist and for society in general. Art in the broader sense is much more than visual art, and all art is living.
Art, in whatever form, tells a story. Art, aside from the commercial form, lets the world into the artist’s inner being, into a hidden chamber if you will. In that space there’s a mill, a grindstone of immense force and the grist for the mill is countless – places, faces, things, light, dark, emotions, sounds, tastes…. the list goes on and on.
Because my art is about who I am and how I see the world my art is different. Just as every artist’s work is different. Not always pretty, sometimes not even good, always authentic and always from the heart.

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