To me, art is more important than food and drink. In fact, creating works which I consider to be beautiful is what keeps me alive and young and aware. Life without a taste of beauty would be a dull and uninteresting life, a sad life.
In a poem which I wrote and dedicated to God, the greatest artist of us all, I refer to the beauty of some of His creations: the petals of a rose, the wings of a butterfly, the constant flux of a heavenly cloud, even a tiny cell in a living body....beauty, beauty, everywhere.
The world is full of beauty; it is God made and it is man made. It is in our arts and our sciences. Man creates gardens and paintings and books and progeny and smiles and acts of charity and kindness. We are all creators, artists. Whatever a person accomplishes that makes her satisfied and euphoric is her art, and as artists we know the euphoria of creating something beautiful, but even as an audience marveling at the creations of others, we can experience the ecstasy of beauty.