On Art...

So much of visual art, to me, lies in the way a piece can affect the emotions of the viewer. I don't mean severe swings from laughing to crying, though that is certainly possible. Rather, I think of it as successful if it can invoke subtle shifts of mood or act as impetus toward a new thought, discovery, or inspiration . When I can glimpse something in a piece that opens up my mind in a way that I can briefly feel the emotions or culture or history of the subject matter; when I suddenly find a long lost memory stirred to life again because of something I am viewing; when I find myself transported, even for a moment, as I am caught up in viewing the flow of an ink line or the lighting or the mix of color... that is when it is art to me.