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“The experience of ‘beauty’ often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” original author unknown. The emotion from that visual experience, that awe moment, works down into our hearts and alters the grain of our reality. All my paintings are self-portraits; therefore, painting is a selfish act of searching for and preserving moments of beauty on canvas. From my days as a child wandering my Mother’s garden to my in depth study of Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance as an adult, the formal elements of Classicism and the desire to be emotionally charmed by beautiful things will always influence my creativity. My art is an expression of my feelings and a need for beauty.
Art, however, requires an audience and is in an incomplete state on its own; so it asks viewers to contemplate their own feelings. Paintings have as many meanings as viewers and I prefer to step aside and not hinder that process for anyone by assigning meaning to my paintings. After all, as Keats said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” and that is all we need to know. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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