To Varnish or Not to Varnish......

I don't mind varnishing, but I don't like it for most of my works.  I think that is changes the feeling I was going for.  Most of my work is dimensional.  It has depth and texture.  I add layers of fabric, fibers, findings to my works. This is hard to varnish without changing it in someway. I have paintings that I did many moons ago, before I knew about varnish.  Between all the movings and hangings, they still look great!  I varnish only on works that I know can withstand the process without changing what I was going for!!

http://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/painting_varnish.html