Art is personal.
Art is powerful.
As a collector and an artist I've been on both sides of the painting. My very first show a guest stood crying in front of one of my paintings.
"This painting touches me on such a deep level," she told me. "It is an inner expression of the emotions I am experiencing in my life at this time." And then she continued to sob.
When I painted it, I was going through a tumultuous time myself and painting was my outlet. Then to find a stranger that connects to the same painting on just as an emotional level moved me to pursue a career in fine arts.
Painting for me is something I need to do. I must do. When the mood strikes, watch out. I will disappear for weeks on end and emerge with a dozen paintings.