An Open Door

"It sounds crazy and odd to make 'connections' with complete strangers! Doesn't it though? I mean we give them our story but they don't give theirs in return. Kinda lopsided. But hopefully they do give us some dough for our efforts! LOL."  ~  Anonymous

I was stunned when I recently read this post in an online artist community. What is the point of creating art, any kind of art, if it isn't for making a connection with others? Art is the language of our experience of life. We've all felt exquisite joy and pain. We've all been awestruck by some things and amused by others. Most importantly, we've all wanted to be loved and understood. Art is both the expression and the response.

I have drawn, painted and written - all of it a reverberating echo. From my perception of God and life to the perceptions I receive from others and back again, art is a never-ending conversation. After seeing my paintings or my blog, people have told me the most beautiful stories about their lives and experiences, everything from "I used to have a dog who looked like that," to the woman who told me of losing her brother in a flash flood and how she agonized thinking about his last moments.

All these connections and conversations are precious to me. I want to touch others souls, and I feel that I can do that better in my art and writing than in person. Sometimes people tell me their story but don't buy anything. Other times they quietly buy a painting and bring a part of my soul into their home. Either way is a powerful connection and relationship - not lop-sided at all!

Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.  ~  Chuck Klosterman

Let's connect even more!  Check out my most recent paintings on Instagram.  Also, please see my website for new prints and paintings available in my store or to commission a painting or pet portrait as a gift to yourself or a friend.  Another way to connect and share the love!


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