Ever since Plato, Western philosophers have studied art. So much so that in the 17th century, German philosophers, big on classification, saw fit to create a separate branch of philosophy they called aesthetics, a term derived from the Greek aisthetikos, meaning "about perception." The German philosopher, Georg...

Join me on Saturday, April 23, at Art Fest at Whitehall, in Middletown, Delaware. You'll see all my recent paintings and enjoy a chance to shop for fine art pieces and handmade crafts from hundreds of other Delaware artists. There's live music and food-truck fare is available,...

"Immersive exhibitions are a recent scourge," says artist and writer Sarah Rose Sharp in Hyperallergic. But one new show passes her sniff test. Now at the Prado, the show makes use of The Sense of Smell, a 17th-century painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul...

Every painting, no matter how successful, leaves the artist with another chance to paint what she had in mind. — Robert Brault "Blessed is he who expects nothing," goes Alexander Pope's Ninth Beatitude, "for he shall never be disappointed." Painters who've worked in industry seem to know when to...

Hold onto your taste, even when you're embarrassed by it. — Jerry Saltz Connoisseurs and critics often look down on art that's driven by pop culture (the source of the "pop" in the term "pop art"). Not me. I guess I'm a child of the '60s, because I love pop...

When art critics get together, they talk about content, style, trend and meaning, but when painters get together, they talk about where you can get the best turpentine. — Picasso Painter Liz Floyd told me during a recent interview that she uses empty cat food tins as...

Reality has to be digested, it has to be transmuted by paint. — Richard Diebenkorn Wayne Thiebaud 100, the not-to-be-missed show now at the Brandywine River Museum, has awakened me to the primacy of cast shadows. Radiant and rainbowlike, Thiebaud's cast shadows are nothing short of delicious. After consuming...

A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience. —Mark Rothko A 1950 marketing stunt made the phrase "Kodak moment" synonymous with the word experience, in the sense marketers use that word today. An experience, marketers say, is a staged event. A Kodak moment in...

I invite you to grab your sweetheart, don your mask, and come see my exhibit of original oil paintings for sale at the Center for the Creative Arts' Annual Artisan Show, next Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21. At the event—a weekend marketplace for fine art and...