Let me take you to where the art is! From big city museums to small town galleries, great art is everywhere if you know where to look.

Not long ago, I was an outsider in the art world. I was a sports fanatic with zero arts background writing and talking primarily about college football for the first 25 years of my professional life. Then, a funny thing happened.

About the time I turned 40, I started traveling more regularly to the Western United States with my wife, occasionally popping into the galleries. Having always loved the West, western landscapes and wild animals, I was attracted to the paintings of mountains and canyons and the sculptures of grizzly bears and buffalo. They were beautiful and didn’t require a master’s of fine arts degree to understand.

Western art would be my “gateway drug” to the wider art world.

Thanks to the care and attention given me by a gallerist in Colorado who spent hours with my wife and me looking at great art – 20th century Russian Impressionism mostly – explaining to us how to look and what to look for, I gradually developed an “eye” for art and a passion for learning more.

From Western art to Impressionism, post-Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Indigenous art, the more I looked, the more I liked, and I rapidly developed an appreciation for all genres of art, diving headlong into books, magazines, YouTube videos, documentaries, podcasts and visiting as many museums and galleries as I could on my travels around America.

I was hooked.

Now, I hope to share my passion for art with you by highlighting the best art to see in person around the country. I’ll tell the stories of the artists and work, explain in simple, non-academic terms why they’re worth your time, and with any luck transfer a small amount of the joy art has given me to you.

Art has changed my life, it has changed my outlook, let me show you how.

Find my other regular arts writing at Forbes.com and “Essential West” online magazine, Western Art Collector magazine, Native American Art magazine, First American Art Magazine, Fodors.com, TravelbyVacationRental.com, BookCottages.com, Travel Writers University and elsewhere.

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