I asked PinkPiranha a question in her blog (would she rather attend a day at the National Gallery, or a Monster Truck Show?) which led her to comment that the Gallery would get the nod, and she would be interested in seeing what her date would like or dislike.
The more I thought about it, the more I thought it deserved a thread.
So I'll start off with something with which some of you are already familiar, which is my appreciation for the work of John Singer Sargent:
In traditional media, I tend to prefer representational pieces. I don't care if critics call it "illustration"... it's what I like. Other personal likes are Winslow Homer and Fredric Remington.
So by all means, feel free to share what you like and why, and post examples.