“The world is violent and mercurial–it will have its way with you. We are saved by love–love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.” -Tennessee Williams
Just like love is best when thought of as a verb, an action, something you do or give to someone else, “willing the good of the other” as St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, so is art.
Art is doing something that might not work for the benefit of others.
And the best art always comes from deep love.