“What is good artwork?” I get this question a lot. It’s hard to answer this sometimes. To be honest, I‘m not one of those people that thinks everything on a canvas is good. I certainly don’t think just because art is hanging in a gallery wall or museum it’s good either. I’m also not one of those people that believe a picture with a dot and a circle around it is worth millions of dollars. Now, as an artists and wall muralist, you would think I would appreciate every type of art, but that’s just not the case. I’m a simple guy. I like art that I can understand or relate to. I like art that says something or stirs some kind of emotion in me.
The art that I really appreciate and have an inclination for, if you haven’t noticed by now, are underwater scenes. I’m a big fan of all the brilliant colors, the ocean life and the majestic beauty of the sea. I’m partial to the sea. Born and raised in South Florida, I have grown up in the ocean. Fishing, paddle boating, surfing and scuba diving, you name it, I did it if it was related to the water. The water is my sanctuary and I find artwork related to the ocean especially beautiful – and, that’s just me.
However, I do think whatever art you do see should make you feel, think or have a certain reaction, whether good or bad, and that can be considered good art work. We all know that art is subjective. That is what makes it so great. What I think is great and good may not be what you think is great or good. You have your opinion and I have mine. Anything goes, right? I do think you should take a diplomatic approach when viewing other people’s art work though. You don’t have to criticize or say negative words, the best thing to do is stay silent and keep moving. Remember, what mom said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, you don’t say anything at all.” It’s a good rule to follow especially in the art world.