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  • What is Art?

    Art is difficult to define.  It depends on the context in which the term is being used.  It depends on the intent of the artist.  It depends on the opinions of the observers. 

    I see art as the result of arranging elements in a way that affects the senses and emotions. Art is a medium for self-expression that lends interpretation, consciously or unconsiously, through the transfer of feelings from the artist to the observer.

    I feel that art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions of  which intends to reflect a message, mood, or symbolism that the artist has portrayed.

    The use of the term art does not always imply beauty or skill.  What is artistic to one person may not be so to another.

    Art has been described by Richard Wollheim as:
    " of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture."

    Encylopedia Britannica defines art as:
    "...the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."

    Whatever your view of art may be, I hope that what I put before you touches your senses enough to be enjoyed.

    What is Composition?

    Although "art" and "composition" are terms often used interchangeably, I feel that "art" is the the result of the techniques of "composition". Through composition comes art. A piece must speak to the observer and it must continue to speak through the entire encounter. In rare cases, a well composed piece of art will continue to articulate feelings beyond the initial visual experience. This is done by way of several techniques of composition. A successful artistic composition draws the observer in, pulls their eye across the whole painting so that everything is taken in, and finally settles on the main focal point of the painting.

    Henri Matisse defined composition this way:
    "Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the diverse elements at the painter's command to express his feelings."

    It is always my intent to pay close attention to composition.  Of course, these rules are in no way rigid.  These techniques are only tools.  These tools help art become what an artist has intended it to be.  Whether I’ve succeeded in my works is ultimately up to the viewer.

    Again, I hope that my works touch your senses enough to be enjoyed.