To me, art is therapeutic.  It brings a sense of peace and calm to my soul.  Similar to meditation, it serves as a mental distraction from anything and anyone that may be causing distress.  This time away from everyday life provides psychological and emotional relief that translates to positive physical effects.  The pleasure gained from the act of creating art promotes self-esteem and a feeling of contentment.  This is especially true of plein air landscape painting where the connection with nature seems to maintain my sense of well-being.  As Pablo Picasso said,  “To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”  In short, I get lost in whatever I am painting.

 

These aspects of art are not limited to the artist alone, but also apply to the viewer.  Hopefully, my art can supply a window to a different world for the viewer; evoking fond memories or happy times.  At least this is my goal.  Pablo Picasso also once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  If my art takes you away for even a very short time and brushes away some of the dust, I feel successful.