Around the same time he began strumming blues riffs, McEnroe says he was introduced to the burgeoning art scene of 1980s-era New York City. Besides entering an exotic new world, he says, he discovered that visual art offered him real pleasure. "I love looking at art, going to museums and galleries," he says. "It sort of relaxes me and makes me feel Zen-like to look at a piece of art and appreciate what the artist was thinking when they made it." Interestingly, McEnroe says the appeal goes farther for him in that he identifies with the solitary nature of making art. "Artists and tennis players go through a similar type of thing because they're sort of out on an island by themselves." Asked whether he's ever dabbled with a paintbrush himself, McEnroe is blunt. "I'm a terrible painter, but I'm a big collector."
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