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Art will change your thinking.

Art can change a person’s outlook, perceptions, and the way they see and experience the world. Art can even enhance brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels.


When your brain is engaged on art, neurons fire in many parts of your brain which can create neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to physically re-form and reorganize synaptic connections leading to new thinking, especially in response to what the brain sees as emotional experiences. 

The key parts of your brain that are activated with art. 

  1. Frontal cortex: involved in analysis, decision-making, and attention, it is activated during the creative process when the artist or a person viewing art is immersed in creative thinking and expression. 

  2. Temporal lobe: involved in processing sensory input, including visual and auditory stimuli. It is activated when we view or listen to art.

  3. Occipital lobe: involved in processing visual information, including color and shape. It is activated when we view visual art.

  4. Amygdala: involved in processing emotions, particularly fear and pleasure. It is activated when we experience an emotional response to art.

  5. Hippocampus: involved in memory formation and retrieval. It is activated when we remember or recall past experiences of art.

  6. Reward system: a network of brain regions that respond to pleasurable stimuli, including food, sex, and drugs. It is activated when we experience pleasure or stimulus in response to art.

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Cy Twombly Baccus Series @ Tate Modern London. Photo by Michelle-Aldredge

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Halle Berry Love. Art by Peter Ashworth

Art will transform your environment and give you a deep sense of connection and vitality.

If you are looking to create a home or work environment that is interesting, expressive, and connected to the art you love and the values you live...look to art. 

Art that you love, can transform your home. Choose art that speaks to you, that creates an emotion or a connection to something. You might add a major art statement piece to light up a room, or create a gallery wall. Art can help create a space that is unique, personal, and reflective of your style and interests.

Artwork can be a great conversation starter when you have guests over. Choose pieces that are thought-provoking or have an interesting backstory to spark conversation. If you are looking to create a sense of tranquility or calm in an area or space, choose pieces with soothing colors or peaceful imagery to create a sense of tranquility in your home.


Art allows you to live with a sense of vitality, purpose, and connection within your environment and the beauty of the world around you.

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Art will help you live more creatively.

Art can be a powerful tool for inspiring creativity in your life and in your homeI believe living a creative life, is a life well-lived. #creativelife

When you experience a piece of art that speaks to you, it can help spark new ideas and perspectives that you may not have considered before. Art is a form of self-expression. When you immerse yourself in a piece of art, you may be able to discover your personal expression in ways that may be difficult to put into words. This can help you tap into your creativity and explore different parts of yourself.

When you engage with art, whether it's creating your own or analyzing someone else's work, it can help develop critical thinking skills. You learn to analyze and interpret what you see, which can help you think more creatively and outside the box.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art and experienced a wave of emotions and visceral feelings come over you? I have…..and still do.


Have you ever experienced art, whether it be a painting, music, poetry, sculpture or even graffiti on a building, and felt in awe of its presence, unable to explain the feeling that it gave you? Have you ever experienced a painting and felt such strong love, appreciation, joy and complete immersion in it that all other things just disappeared from your conscious?


I believe this experience is truly living. It ultimately comes down to instinctively connecting with the artist, their life experience, their story, and their voice. I believe consuming a piece of art this way facilitates two biographies to meet; (1) the biography and life experiences of the artist, and (2) the biography and life experiences of the audience. This is how art can be life transformational.

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Looking at Basquiat.  Untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Christie's auction house in London in June 2013. (Frank Augstein / AP)

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'Einstein in Space.' Art by Peter Ashworth

Art will reduce your stress, lower your anxiety
and help you relax.

Art will relax you. It helps to block out the brain’s distractions and focuses the mind, resulting in people feeling noticeably calmer and less anxious.


Research has shown that there is a definite correlation between viewing or creating art,—and having increased rates of good health, satisfaction with one’s life, and lower rates of anxiety and depression in both men and women. The study concluded that these benefits were found in people who both created or consumed the arts. That means that people who enjoy looking at art get the exact same health benefits as people who enjoy making art.


Other research has shown that engaging in just 45 minutes of art-making significantly reduced the levels of cortisol (aka “the stress hormone”) in 75% of the participants. Apparently creating art is consistent with meditation. It forces the mind to slow down, to focus on the details, and it helps to block out the mind’s distractions, resulting in people feeling noticeably calmer and less anxious.

On the U.S. National Institute of Health’s (NIH) website, according to the extensive research publication “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature” by Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, “Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.” They also stated, “Through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and our reservoir of healing. The more we understand the relationship between creative expression and healing, the more we will discover the healing power of the arts.”

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Art will help you experience love. #belove

Love is the greatest emotion of all, and art can move us to connect with those feelings, and to embrace love in our thinking and our actions. #loveart. 


Art has the ability to inspire love by connecting us to our emotions, building connections with others, and inspiring us to be more creative and open-hearted.

Art can inspire us to be more creative, expressive, and open-minded, which in turn can lead to greater empathy and understanding towards others. By exploring different forms of artistic expression, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and a greater capacity for love and compassion.

Art has the omnipotent power to express emotions that are difficult to put into words, such as love, joy, sadness, and grief. When we see a work of art that resonates with our emotions, we feel a sense of connection and empathy with the artist and with others who share our feelings.

Many believe that we can infuse an object such as a painting with love, based on the idea that all things have an energy or vibrational frequency that can be influenced by the thoughts and emotions directed towards them. It is believed that by focusing on positive feelings such as love, joy, and gratitude, individuals can raise their own vibrational frequency and that of the object or person they are directing their attention towards.

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'Love + Wonder.' Art by Peter Ashworth

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Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” (1964) at Christie’s New York

Art will heal
and comfort you.

Art can boost the immune system by lowering levels of chemicals that cause inflammation that can trigger diabetes, heart attacks and other illnesses, and can have a direct influence upon one's health and life expectancy.


And art can also provide a source of comfort and healing during difficult times. Whether we're dealing with emotional pain, physical illness, or other challenges, art can help us to find a sense of peace and serenity. Whether we're listening to calming music, watching a beautiful sunset, or admiring a beautiful painting, art can provide us with a much-needed escape from the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

Psychologist Dr Dacher Keltner, of California University in Berkeley, said: “That feelings of awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines, suggesting the things we do to experience these emotions – beholding art, a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, – has a direct influence upon ones health and life expectancy.”


In addition to providing comfort and healing, art can also help us to process difficult emotions and experiences. Through art, we may be able to find new ways of expressing ourselves and exploring our feelings. This can be especially helpful for those who struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges.

Art will broaden
your perspectives.

Art can elicit emotions that give us new perspectives that challenge our current thinking, to enable us to see things from a different point of view. It can remove us from our daily monotony and focus us to feel more deeply about a subject, leading us to think about it in a different way. 

It is the visual and cerebral impact of art that can expose us to new ideas, cultures, and perspectives that we may not have encountered otherwise. Whether it's a painting that invokes the essence of a concept, place or time,that is meaningful, or a piece of music that unexpectedly cuts to your core and moves you, or a play that explores complex social issues in a way you have never considered before, art can help us see the world in new and exciting ways.

Art can be used to challenge the status quo, questioning societal norms and values. This can lead us to think critically about our own beliefs and values and consider alternative viewpoints, or even become familiar with new cultures and icons.


Art can spark our imagination and boost our creative thoughts, inspiring us to think creatively and see the world in new and innovative ways. By exposing us to different perspectives, cultures and ideas, art can help us develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding for others. We may find ourselves more open to new ideas and less likely to judge people based on preconceived notions or biases. 

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'A Perfect Glide Through Water' Art by Peter Ashworth

Art will inspire you and make you more passionate in all areas of your life.

Art has the power to engage, move, challenge, and inspire us in profound ways. It can be a source of motivation, comfort, and transformation, and it can help us connect with our own humanity and the world around us.


Art has the power to move us emotionally and to inspire thoughts and emotions that we might not otherwise experience. It can make us feel joy, sadness, awe, or empathy. It can evoke strong emotions, stir the imagination, and challenge our perspectives. A painting that captures the essence of the moment a swimmer effortlessly glides through the water might inspire a sense of wonder and appreciation for the moment.

Art can stimulate our imagination and inspire us to think creatively. It can show us new possibilities and challenge our assumptions. Art can create a common element to bring people together and foster a sense of community. It can create shared experiences and help us connect with others.

Art can inspire us to take action and make a difference. It can motivate us to work for social justice, to fight for our beliefs, or to strive for personal growth.

Art gives us meaning and makes us feel good.

It helps us to discover and understand our place in the world, and who we are. It makes us think about things we might never think about. And it connects us together, and connects us to our deepest emotions.

Learning to truly appreciate art makes us feel good. It improves our quality of life, and makes us feel more human. Studies have shown that art elevates our mood, and when we elevate our mood, we improve our ability open our minds to new ideas and thinking to problem solve, and to see further possible solutions to creative problems. Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at the University College of London, determined that when we look at great art, our brain is stimulated in the same way as when we fall in LOVE.


Art brings increased levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that aids in controlling the brains reward and pleasure centers; Oxytocin: often referred to as the "love hormone;" Serotonin: a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness and joy, and Endorphins: whose neurotransmitters are associated with feelings of euphoria.

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Art helps us to stop and appreciate what we have in our lives.

We are happier when we are able to see our life through a viewpoint of gratitude and satisfaction - when we are able to block out the noise and distractions and just immerse ourselves in a moment of creative beauty, something going well in our life that we cherish, something that we enjoy and love…like art that moves us. 

When we allow ourselves the ability to actually have an emotional connection with our art, we are able to extract ourselves from the day-to-day humdrum, grind and minutia, to step back and to reflect on our life and our world. Just color, composition and texture, when just right, can be a place of immense joy and uplift. Immersed, just like a child.

Art will improve your life, your family and friends lives, and will be a part of your legacy.

Art creates vibrancy, stimulates mental curiosity, creates interesting environments, and creates shared experiences and bonds between family and friends.

Art builds the stimulus for happiness. A great piece of art provides positive endorphins ....and a common feature and talking point where people may be drawn that speaks to them on a personal level, or that helps them to make sense of their own lives and experiences. People you bring into your home or workplace will simply enjoy looking at beautiful or interesting art. The visual qualities of art can stimulate conversation, be aesthetically pleasing, and provide a sense of pleasure and satisfaction.

Art allows us to express and communicate our emotions in ways that are not always possible through language. We can convey complex feelings through visual or auditory means, and art can help us connect with others who may feel the same way.


Your art is a direct reflection of your personal brand, and your selection of specific art you choose to hang, Your art is your legacy, and creates a direct association of you for your family and friends that can transcend time. Your collection may even become a legacy that you pass on to future generations, providing a window into your life and the culture of your time. Your art can be an important part of your family's cultural identity, reflecting its values, beliefs, and history for generations to come. People you love may feel a sense of connection to their own cultural heritage through art, potentially as a reminder of significance for individuals, reflecting their own personal meaning, experiences, memories, and perspectives.

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'Energy, Vitality. Love.' Art by Peter Ashworth

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Painting by Andrew Wyeth, 'Christina’s World.'

Your art will tell the story of you.

Consuming a piece of art is two biographies meeting; the biography and life experiences of the artist, and the biography and life experiences of the audience member that might shape their perceptions, emotions and understandings when viewing the art.

The art on your walls will tell stories, life experiences, meanings or intentions of the artist. 


It will also tell the story of you. 


Every piece of art has its own story which comes to the observer in visual and interpretation language through the artist. The story and its interpretation by the artist connects to the viewer. This is why people like different subject matter and styles, because of their life experiences and personal preferences. Each piece has a certain depth and beauty to it, that not all will appreciate. Art, whether it's a painting, sculpture, literature, music, or any other form, always has its own story, which makes it interesting.

The story behind the artwork is often hidden or implicit, and it often requires a deeper understanding of the artist's intention and the context in which it was created. Art historians, critics, and enthusiasts often try to uncover the story behind an artwork by analyzing its style, composition, symbolism, and historical context.

A painting could be inspired by the artist's personal struggles or a significant event that happened in their life, or it could be a reflection of the artist's fascination or interest in a particular subject or scenario. It's form could be based on the author's interpretation of a societal or social issue that we may all have experienced at some point in our lives, such as sustainability subject matter or a historical event. 

Art is a lifelong adventure.

Art is a lifelong journey of discovery and adventure.


Collecting art you love over time involves continuously exploring and discovering new artists, styles, and movements. Art is a reflection of the times and the culture in which it is created, so collecting art is not only a way to appreciate beauty but also a way to understand history and society.


You can develop an interest in art by yourself, or you can involve others to join you on your journey of discovery and adventure. The knowledge you gain will allow you to appreciate the nuances and intricacies of each piece in your collection, to learn the stories and influences behind the art and the artist, and make informed decisions when deciding to collect or acquire new works.


Does not have to be expensive, but rather expressive of who you are, and which art you find reflects your values and your passion.

Ultimately, collecting art is a journey of self-discovery, as you learn about yourself and the world through the art you collect. Each piece tells a story and has a unique history, and as a collector, you have the opportunity to be a part of that story and to share it with others.

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Banksy Art 'Love is in the Air‘- Bethlehem, Palestine 2003 

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