I recently read an article about the importance of an artist's "elevator speech"; that crucial 5 minutes after someone finds out you are an artist and they ask you "what kind of art do you do?"
My typical response is panicked silence followed by something generic and lame, like "abstract". And that's followed by the other person nodding in an absent manner and moving on.
So I've been writing up different "speeches" and frankly, they all sound pompous and totally inauthentic for me.
Finally, the other morning I stopped writing and began thinking...what really turns me on about painting? And instead of listening with my mind, I listened with my heart.
In truth, I paint because it makes me feel like a kid. The play, the discovery, the wonder, the smell of the paint, the feel of the paint, all those go into the sandbox of my emotions.
I realize I am not trying to save the world, I'm trying to save myself and bring joy to those around me.
That is what I want to communicate with my art. And hopefully those emotions transfer onto the canvas and the person looking at my work feels the the joy of being human.