Why am I staring at this artwork?

One of the most unusual exchanges you will ever hear is an artist's explanation of why they created a certain work of art.

In a scene from the movie "Wine Country", an art gallery is featured and it is filled with mostly very modern and incomprehensible works of art created by a young artist. Each artwork requires paragraphs of words to help define and explain what the artist was trying to convey. I've personally seen and experienced this quirky interaction time and again at art galleries and shows.

Frankly, if a work of art requires too much definition, it strains the patience and credibility of the viewer. Perhaps the art admirer just enjoys the color or composition? Regardless, many of the explanations to apply to a work of art defy rationality.

You rarely need an explanation with my artworks. The image is yours to enjoy no matter how you interpret it.If you genuinely don't like the piece, no amount of words will help you appreciate it more.


Often I'm asked if a painting such as this one is from Nebraska? Canada? I assure the viewer that it could be. Many of my paintings would be at home in a wide number of places. Would a definition help your appreciation? I'll always provide one if asked, but by and large, it is up to you and your eyes to interpret the art. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. How about this one?

"What's old is new"

When old trees die, they often sprout new growth from the rotting tree. This new tree has perched itself way up on the top of this old cedar stump, but it really needed little explanation. I painted it because the setting was unusual. No magic. Just a nice woodsy setting and the wonder of nature.

So, my suggestion is that if you find yourself bewildered amongst a slew of artwork, don't feel foolish if you have to ask why it is what it is. Half the folks around you don't know either! Regardless, art is to enjoy, whether you understand it or not.