Recently I saw a news video on a scientific study proving something very interesting; that viewing, enjoying and purchasing art releases the same chemicals in our brain as when we are in love. Remarkable. I've always known that my own personal enjoyment of the arts did something special and inexplicable for me, but to now understand its chemical roots just makes sense.
When art moves me, it is for different reasons then when it moves my husband or our children. I always ask the kids what their favorite piece is in a show is and why. For instance, at a recent show of our friend Richard Baker's paintings I asked our daughter Lily that very question. Her favorite of Mr. Baker's was a landscape he had done involving a llama farm and it even had a few cute llamas in the foreground. When I asked Lily why she said she had just been to a llama farm on a field trip with her class and she had a great time. So the painting reminded her of that good feeling and her fun afternoon with her friends at school. So at that very moment when she saw the painting, her brain released a chemical of joy and love. How amazing is that?
Here at the gallery I get to witness people stepping into these little "chemical releases of love" all the time! They come in, we may chit chat a bit but they always grow silent when they see something they like and I just get to sit back and enjoy it, quietly. Knowing I am part of providing that amazing feeling they just got hit with is exciting beyond words. And then if they want to take it home and put it on their own walls- well, I feel like I have just made a true love connection that will last a lifetime! Guaranteed no fights, jealousy, no "do these pants make me look fat" questions to dodge, just simple pure love and enjoyment.