Painting by Chuck Larivey

Article By Delores Kosciuszko

Lately I have heard some people express that purchasing fine art is an extravagance, not to be entertained in difficult times. While it is true that even a masterpiece does not compare to the necessity of food or shelter, it is likewise true that some “unnecessary” things in life contribute to societal and individual well-being. I believe that collecting art fulfills this purpose quite admirably. Most works of art are purchased when a positive connection is made between the viewer and the artist’s interpretation of a particular subject. Some collectors purchase from an investment position, others simply want to enjoy the best of what life has to offer. Individual taste in art is as varied as our unique perspectives, but one thing is certain; even in difficult times, art never stops contributing to our quality of life.

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