Mediums: Acrylic, Oils, Inks
Style: Abstract, Landscape
Favorite Quotes: “Art isn’t my life – Art gives me life”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Glasgow born visual artist who enjoys all types of art and is passionate about creating art that lifts the mind from the mundane to the marvellous. Art is a complete addiction to me and one that I can’t live without. Very much enjoy creating abstract and landscape pieces full of colour and life and strong with emotion.
Art in my Childhood
I always used to draw and colour in books as a child, I was always begging my parents to get me new colour pens or new books to fill with my drawings, Opening up new pencils or paints and starting painting felt so amazing, there was something very special about that moment when you have an idea and it starts to come to life on paper.
Music and Art
I like a lot of different music and it really depends on what type of art I’m working on, if it’s an intricately detailed piece it would be calm relaxing music but if it’s a bold colourful abstract piece I like loud uplifting music with a good beat, really helps me focus.
Do you have a job outside of art?
I’m working nonstop on my website and my art with a goal of getting noticed and better at what I do, it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do and I think it deserves my full attention, even if that does mean I’m a little poor at times.
What would you like others to see in your art?
I would like viewers to see the emotion in the colour I use and the intense relationship between what we see and how we feel.
Process of Creation
Generally I will start out with an inspirational image, taken from outside with a camera or some random texture I have found and liked. From there I will play with the paint on the canvas, selecting my colours and choosing the layout of my piece and its strongest and weakest points. So I can be best prepared, I often change things as I work that I had previously planned to do or have done. But keeping things moving and keeping your ideas fluid and flexible I believe is the best way to get the best results. Oh and usually I talk to myself while painting about the decisions I’m making and why I’m making them. It helps me focus the decisions and make sure they are as strong as possible.
So many things inspire me to create art and most of them I notice in the most unusual or unexpected ways. Nature, forms and shapes in nature is a big one, sometimes even the most random texture on the bark of a tree or the way the wind is blowing a trees leaves sparks an idea. I also get inspired by age. As in the deterioration of materials, possibly ruined by weather or the elements that if looked from the right perspective can be considered very beautiful indeed.
I have had my work shown in some online galleries but yet to have a personal exhibition, I am working hard towards this goal.
Have you sold any art?
I’ve sold paintings I have created, it started just being friends and family and as my art got better and more controlled that circle widened, social media helps a lot with this.
Promoting Art on the Internet
The internet is a gold mine for advertising and I’m finding new ways to promote my art every day. My website is constantly being changed and updated as well as twitter and Facebook pages I use art portfolio platform sites such as deviant art and Saatchi online
I’m influenced by many artists and creators, at the moments I’m very much about colour and nature and the amazing artist Alison Jardine is a big influence to me in my own work.
Can you recommend another admired artist?
As previously stated I very much admire the work of Alison Jardine. Her work seems effortless. Her colours are raw and subtle at the same time and her pieces are always very striking and very well planned out. But there are so many talented artists that I could mention.
Can you tell us about some memorable events in your life?
I’ve swam with a tiger shark and climbed a mountain.
I locked myself out of a hotel room once in my birthday suit and had to chap another guest’s door to get them to call the reception to get my key. They were a sweet old couple but I couldn’t be more meek and embarrassed. I wish I could forget that moment.
If you had a chance to live your life over again, what would you do differently?
I believe making mistakes is a very important part of life and if we could have a second go, we would need those mistakes to learn, but I would have liked to travel more than I have.
Plans for the Future
I plan to paint as much as I can and keep my eyes open with regards to the changes I’m making as an artist so I can continuously get better and stronger.
Tips for Emerging Artists
Work at your chosen field as much as you can, draw everyday or paint every day, its only practice that will make you any better and EVERYBODY started out the same way.
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