Artists and those that appreciate art may find themselves choosing or balancing their art aesthetic between a representational world or one that is more abstract. As an artist, I have been exploring this world through a metaphor of “Earth and Mind”. Earth represents the physical world with the natural forms and colors seen by the eye. “Mind” on the other hand, is the interpretation and transformation of the eye’s observation to an abstraction of the representational world through the artist’s experience of place, connection, or spirituality. I believe this to be an interesting dichotomy for all artists and those that appreciate art. I think that everyone attempts to balance representation and abstraction, then settles within a range that is acceptable to their own aesthetic.

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