[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignleft" width="550" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"][/caption] Why someone collects art is very personal motivation. Just as personal as their musical or fashion preferences, for example. And art is generally the focal point of an interior environment. It’s the primary focus of a room and it therefore expresses a lot about the owner. That’s one reason to collect art. But most people simply collect art because the work of art has a moving aesthetic appeal and it has an emotional impact and meaning. The piece resonates with them in ways they often cannot fully explain. Art is about emotion and the same piece of art can ignite a different emotional response in each person. Your response is the only one that matters. The fact is that a painting is just paint stuck on canvas but the artist’s emotional energy and skill behind the medium has the power to transport the viewer, to shift their consciousness, and to offer continuous inspiration. Many of my collectors will say that they see something new in the painting every time they study it, day after day, year after year. Some collect art to buy and trade for a profit but most art collectors buy art for the pure pleasure of it and because they enjoy the relationship with the artist. Humans have been collecting and commissioning artists throughout our history. Art expresses our culture’s deeply held values, beliefs, and current point of view, often reflecting our history. Whatever the reason you collect art, I can say that I have yet to have a collector who regretted buying one of my paintings. But I have met several people who deeply regret not buying one of my original oil paintings when they had the chance. I know, because they are still mentioning it years later.