Why I Love Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

My love for art is and endless sea, so deep it could almost be a perpetual void of splattered paint and smudged charcoal. Art can be found in literally everything in life. The covers of books, slopes of rooftops, twisted metal of sculptures, glittering glass...anything. And it will make me smile without fail.

My mother taught art for several years and worked for several museums, including the Smithsonian, and my father does graphic and web design work, so I was exposed to artwork from a young age. I was encouraged to create what I felt in my art, communicate my thoughts through artwork, and please the eyes of others. One day I got bored and decided to paint half of my wall with various bright colors. My parents probably weren’t thrilled, but they gave me feedback and later bought me more paint, so I was delighted.

Since then, I’ve illustrated my short stories. drawn portraits as presents for friends, done a few commissioned pieces, and hung watercolors around my house. I’ve had to learn a lot as a self taught artist, developing my own style and researching different ideas and videos to watch on certain techniques. It’s not an easy road, but to me, it’s a great way to communicate with the world through just images, to paint out your emotions without having to explain yourself.

I recommend art, any form of it, to anybody. Art has the incredible ability to heal. And that's what I'm trying to do now- heal others using my artwork.