You would never put fake books on your bookshelf, so why would you put fake art on your walls?”. A quote I recently read in an article which provided a list of reasons why original artwork is as important in a home as a bed is. Fantastic! I couldn’t agree more. Original artwork is living and breathing, it was touched, formed and manipulated by the artist’s hand. It has energy, warmth and a three- dimensional quality that cannot be felt when viewing a flat, mass- produced, commercial print. Original artwork has the ability to inspire, trigger memories, create a mood, and foster creativity. Having original artwork hung in a home where there are children provides them with an invaluable gift...allowing them to view, think and reflect. Consider why artists make artwork in the first place? To express, to allow the viewer to reflect, question, and critically think about an idea or issue. I recently completed a monochromatic underwater landscape in shades of blue. My intention was to ambiguously capture peace and serenity. One of my teenage students viewed it for some time and then stated that he liked the mist around the mountains. I couldn’t have been more excited! He brought new personal meaning to the piece. He saw something entirely different. His reaction and comments on the piece were reflective and they demonstrated critical thinking based on personal memories. Invest and live with an original artwork for yourself and see how it effects you, your family, and your guests, not to mention how it will enhance and transform the feel of your living space.
"Solitude, Beneath the Waves"
by Catherine Farquhar, 24" x 30", Oil on canvas, 2018