Mary Pettis, “Autumn Poetry,” 30 x 40 inches, oil on linen
BY MARY PETTIS
“The aim in art is not to imitate the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.” – Aristotle
Art collectors often wonder what it means when an artist says, “I want to show those who view my paintings not just what I SEE, but what I FEEL.” What are they talking about? How can feelings be put into ground pigment and linseed oil? When a viewer finds a deeper meaning beyond the portrayed subject of a painting, what are they responding to? Are they responding to technical brilliance or something beyond mere paint on canvas? How do
artists move from representing how things look to recognizing and rendering visible an inner significance?