Like everyone I deeply respect the great masters. I have seen a handful of very famous paintings and stood in awe of them. Amadeo Modigliani recently came to my attention through a book I'm reading. It's ridiculous because he's one of those guys whose paintings sell for $140,000,000.00 but I had never heard of him. I started looking online at his work and reading about his life. I thought he was cool. Interesting. Utterly unique. I kept looking and I began to understand. In every portrait he captured an actual spark of real humanity. Painted it onto the canvas. Human emotion and the nuance of extremely discreet expression actually transferred through his brush and embedded in the painting. I understood how incredibly rare this is. In painting. In music. In all of art. The few who can see and repeat these moments. The capturers of fleeting humanity.