Sunday, April 26, 2009

Is Art is Healthy?

I picked up a copy of our local newspaper today and in the Arts & Entertainment section I came across the headline, "Doctor prescribes a healthy dose of art." You can see how that would peak my interest, with Michael being an artist. As it turned out, the article was about an area doctor who took the building her old practice was in and converted it into an art gallery which would feature her abstract paintings as well as those of other local artists. The headline obviously originated from her being a physician as well the following quote:
"Art is very truthful. What comes out is very honest; it comes from the soul, from one's spirit."
Anything that powerful has to have a healthy effect on us. That got me thinking about art and what it contributes to our lives. We've always said that although it's not a staple, like water or bread, having beautiful things surrounding us is important to our well being and in that sense art is essential to our lives. For some, a colorful floral or rich landscape brightens their day. For others a Norman Rockwell-style piece reflecting the past is the ticket. And for others still, it's a subject they are passionate about. Like cars.

I met one of our clients in person last summer. Since we don't do very many shows, it was somewhat of a rare treat. His wife told us that he has one of Michael's prints (I think it's "They Came With The Farm" - the all Mopar painting), hanging in the hall just outside their bedroom door. Each and every morning he spends 5 minutes gazing at the print. He says it sets the mood for his day. His wife said that he's been happier since he started the ritual - he rarely misses a day!

Michael is a very talented and versatile artist. And I'm not just saying that because I'm his wife. Over the years, he's expertly painted wildlife, architectural landmarks, vineyards and orchards. In fact, he's been asked on more than one occasion to expand his portfolio to include other subject matters. But his passion is the automobile. He just loves cars, plain and simple. And that's why he paints them. He takes enjoyment in painting them, driving them, working on them and just plain looking at them! Call him a gearhead, motorhead or enthusiast, he's right in there with the people that collect his work. It's that passion that comes through in each and every painting. It's that passion that people feel when they look at his work.

So, is art healthy? Absolutley. It adds color to our walls and to our lives. It brightens a gray day and lifts our spirits. It brings us joy and creates positive feelings. Sounds pretty healthy to me! - Linda

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