"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso
I have loved this quote really since I was a child. I thought that only prayers, church, and a confession were the only way to clean my soul. I was exhilarated to know that art could too. Art has washed my heart, my soul, and my mind clean so many times in my 51 years that I understand the blessing that it is for humankind. When corporate jobs, exhausting travel, the cruelty of life human nature or grief and despair entombed my soul; art helped me pull myself up and feel proud to be on earth again. Grounded and inspired to carry on to make a better day. I have lived in 18 cities and 4 countries in my life and the first thing I always search out is the nearest Art Museum. Sanctuary from the big, scary world, a travel back in time, comfort from the beauty or amazement for the process, the detail the brush stroke of a painting, the glaze on a ceramic piece, the age of a carving, the delicate fluidity of a sculpture, or moment captured in time in a beautiful photograph. I was blessed to have the influence of many artists in my life. My artistic mother, Germaine, my two beautiful sisters, Michele and Cynthia, a dear friend - as close as a sibling - Karen, an art teacher in private Catholic School, Pat King, and even a Grandmother, Blanche, who painted china and crocheted table runners. So when I moved to City number 18 - Cincinnati, Ohio - I was eager to find art. My sister Cindy sent my Husband Steven and I memberships to the Cincinnati Museum of Art as a thoughtful house warming gift. Then, one day for a client I needed to find a printer that could produce a Giclée - pronounced zhee-clay - which is a very real print of an original painting or photograph. I found one just 4 miles away from me, Pop Revolution Gallery. I walked in and met the owner, Francis Michaels, and well a picture is worth a thousand words. So, I invite you to indulge in the work, the art of Pop Revolution Gallery. Look above your sofa tonight; do you like what you see? If not, you need art. I have to tell you the prices are amazing for art that is beautifully matted and framed at Pop Revolution Gallery. So, put down that cardboard painting at Home Goods right now, and rush over to your laptop, pad or phone and buy some art on Home to Nest!