Is it the art? Is it the gold? Is it both?
With out the shine would the patterns hold up?
If it were only oil, acrylic, ink, etc. would the art even stand up?
These are just questions that pass through my mind. I am intrigued by what I see but I can't help but say the gold makes it more interesting than anything. It is impossible to undo an image that has been captured by the mind so, to say I wouldn't be intrigued if it were not gold. I have decided to let art be the art and accept the artist as the artist.