Joan Cobb Marsh
An accomplished musician/composer said, "Music is memory." Painting also is memory reconnecting, a revisiting of emotional content. Henri Matisse saw no logical reasons for explanations of his work; I concur. A person stops, looks; the painter has succeeded. All is on the canvas and the viewer now experiences...Universal Truths. (Love/Hate, Enlightenment/Confusion, Harmony/Chaos, Ecstasy/Despair.) It is all there for the viewer. Delacroix stated, "Great paintings transcend the sublime." A painter's mandate is not material gains, self-gratification, or pretty pictures, but a good faith attempt to capture the fleeting visual beauty of our relationship to worldly gifts. In a glimpse resides an eternity.