I think everyone falls into two basic categories,
1. The Gloss Lovers
2. The Matte Finish Folks
I think I fall under number 2. I find that shinny gloss annoying to view art. You have to move and cock your head just right to get away from the glare. Recently, I finished this painting, "Her Back to Temptation" with an isolation layer of gel gloss. As you can see the gloss glare is horrific. I'm planning to hit it with some satin UV spray in a day or two. I'm afraid Matte will dull the colors a little too much. I'm open to suggestions, critiques and comments.
My process for this piece was to layer washes of fluid color on a piece of birch hardboard. I was letting the colors move in a horizontal drip thinking I would paint a landscape, but I started to see a figure of a woman. As I painted her I began to see what looked like a grim reaper behind her. I resisted painting it, thinking it was too dark, but could not stop seeing it.I've learned over the years to turn off the filter. I started to really think about the way I could break up the colors on the lower part of her dress the way we just sort of have our character tested and pealed away by temptations daily. I hope it speaks to you as well.