I've always thought this was a ridiculous question. Of course the tree would make a sound if it fell. It doesn't matter if it has an audience to hear its sound. Or does it?
Let's think about this tree scenario in terms of art. If you make a piece of artwork and no one is there to enjoy it, is it really art? Now, some might argue that art is in the making--the expression. It doesn't matter who sees it.
I would argue that art sitting in a basement, sketchbook, or in a pile somewhere is not doing what art is meant to do. I believe that, while the making of art is important, the action of viewing art--the interaction between a viewer and a work of art gives life and meaning to the art.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to have a booth at a local fundraising event in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This was a great opportunity to get my work out there for some quality community interactions! It was a wonderful evening of discussing my work with others, and listening as connections were made between patrons and paintings! As an artist, there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing someone make a meaningful connection with a work of art. And, truth be told, there is no way that connection would have happened if my work was sitting in a pile in my studio. In order for my work to have MEANING, it must be seen.
Also, be sure to check my "Upcoming Events" tab to keep up with my upcoming shows and opportunities for YOU to see some of my work in person!