There's Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Monet and Vermeer, the often usual suspects whose names are echoed as those who inspire one to paint. It's a given, they are the superstars and a Van Gogh painting seen in the flesh will send shivers down your spine (more about that in a future post), then there is Mark Rothko. His 45 year painting career revolutionized abstract art with color formations that draw the observer deep down into a place that appears filled with light. Big, bold blocks of saturated color bleeding out to the edges and back again like a heartbeat. More than brush strokes on canvas they are a life laid bare. They demand attention.