Recent Blog Posts
This morning, a delivery of ten calendars came to my door from Aquent/Vitamin T.
My artwork “Ignited by Inspiration” has been selected for the cover of their 2014 Talent Calendar out of 500+ entrants. 250,000 of these desk calendars will be distributed globally.
Thank you Aquent/Vitamin T!
My artwork Ocean and Spring has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Mortimore Art Prize.
This is a touring exhibition. To get a glimpse of my work here are the venues and dates:
My first blog!
Firstly, thank you for taking an interest in my art and website. I do very much appreciate the love and support I get from friends, family and the public. A wonderful art teacher once said to me when talking about creating art, “Just because you find it interesting doesn’t mean others will”. His point was a valid one as I know myself, not all art interests me. We all have our preferences. But saying that, I do have respect for those who put their creative souls out there for public scrutiny.
The journey of an artist isn’t any easy one, and if you are looking for fast financial reward and over night success, this is not the path for you. It takes years and a lot of hard work to find your “style”. Art is about connecting. The initial connection is with yourself. Knowing who you are or trying to uncover what is hidden inside of you and bringing that to the surface is not easy. When it is achieved however, artists explain it as being “in the flow”. The irony with being in the flow is that you can just as easily fall out of flow if enough distractions are placed around you. So attempting to stay in flow can sometimes become an internal conflict.
Then there is sharing your art with others. A lot of artists are quite secretive about their work, which makes sense, as exposing ones soul on a canvas can be very confronting. But when art is shared, others get the chance to connect with you and your work which is something I feel should not be denied. The level of connection may vary from someone viewing it in an exhibition or perhaps a “Like” or share on a social media platform. Some may even find your work influential or inspirational which assists them in creating their own work. A big compliment is having a person open their wallet and buying your work. Feeding the artist helps them to keep creating.
So far in my journey I feel that the driving forces for succeeding in my passion has been to get it out there. Nothing will happen by hiding in the studio. So with the update of my website and now a blog, I will do my best to not just get the art across to the you all, but also a journal of my thoughts and adventures. Hopefully some of you will relate and even find them helpful and interesting.