It is natural for humans to seek and long for something that we can connect with that makes us feel there is more beyond ourselves. This explains the great interest in the arts (painting, music, writing, etc.) that has surged dramatically in the last couple of decades by all age groups around the world. Art helps to connect people, as well as satisfy our need for beauty that brings about an emotional experience. Art helps to ground us in the moment while transcending reality. It can give us hope for the future, happiness in the present, and maybe even a spiritual experience.
Just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York to attend the IAPS exhibition at the historic Salmagundi Club. Didn’t win a prize, but I was greatly honored to be included with such great artists, as well as being able to meet them.