As I mentioned before, I love Chinese art, specifically Chinese oil paintings. But many people do not understand why I love art so much. So I decided to write a blog detailing my love of art. I feel that it can help you all to better understand who I am and more about me.
When I was a young child, I remember loving to draw and paint. It allowed me to express myself and my feelings. If I was happy, I could express it with art. If I was so sad, I could turn to art to allow myself the expression I needed to feel better. And if I was angry, art would soothe and calm me. No matter what was going on around me, art gave me a place to express myself and calm myself.
As I grew, my love of art continued to grow, but I simply was not a natural born artist. So while I still loved to draw and paint, I had hit a point where I had grown as much as a could as an artist. It was around this time that my father introduced me to art shows. While I could never be as talented as these artists, I was immediately drawn to the emotions displayed in the art and trying to interpret what the artist was feeling and trying to portray through their pieces. This led me down the viewing and collecting road, more so than the actual making.
I traveled to China and Hong Kong in my early 20s, and it was here that I first experienced the Chinese culture. I loved everything about it. So it makes sense that as soon as I saw the art, I was hooked. I love the temples, dragons and other pieces of their culture that are portrayed in the art. And that my friends, is how I became hooked on art and how that carried over into greatly enjoy Chinese art.