In the Mood: Varieties of Valentine's Love

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on February 08 2014 5:00 AM ET

Whether you believe that love is a thief in the night, that love stinks, or is a battlefield, or that love means never having to say you're sorry, this is the time of year when love is in the air. Love can take many forms and expressions — it can be an elevated spiritual experience, it can feel like a gut-wrenching ache, and everyone knows that a great love affair can change the course of history.

Perhaps no one is better suited to illustrate the amazing power of love, than our contributing artists and photographers. These images, collected from The Advocate's ongoing Artist Spotlight series, show the range of love: from sweet and tender, to raging, heart-racing, and all-consuming.

Kris Knight

Timothy Cummings

Eugene Jansson

Paul Jacoulet

Hans Thoma

Jamil Hellu

David Trullo

José Manuel Hortelano-Pi

John Koch

Jim French

Paul Freeman

Ralph Chubb

Peter Samuelson

Byron Motley

Survival House 1977

M. Sharkley

Philip Bonneau

Wendi Kali

Kevin Slack

Tom Bianchi

Greg Zabilski

B. Proud

Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew

John Arsenault

Alexander Kargelstev