Chasing Art

BY CATHERINE BALDAU

 

Fine art painter Joe Mayer lives and works according to a maxim that he gladly offers to others: “Drop your fear.”

Mayer has taken risks, and relied on luck and favors in a fearless quest to make a living in a world that he loves—art, and especially abstract art. And in that world, he believes the only way to truly appreciate the art is to experience it without fear.

“Abstract work is an acquired taste,” says Mayer. “You have to look at it for a while, and you have to be not afraid to look at it….All paintings are metaphors. They’re about something besides objects. They can be about an emotion, they can be about an experience, but they’re metaphorical.”

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