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I am driven to paint like all creatives. It is what I do. I feel I cannot live unless I can paint. Am I expressing myself? It doesn’t feel like that! To me it is just something I do, and I stumble to explain my motives behind a given work. All I know is I want it to be felt.
I have always loved art, although it is the art that I feel that moves me. That is what I want from my art and I want the viewer to feel it. That is why abstraction is my preferred genre.
Of course this goal is doomed to fail in 99.9% of cases. As with all art, we do not connect to everything we see. Nevertheless, I still have to continue creating, so perhaps I am trying to express myself albeit subconsciously.
Although I never have a clear idea where a painting will take me, I start by perhaps choosing a colour or a group of colours. This then leads me to lay the form and the story develops with the layers and from within.
I am never truly sure I am in control. It isn’t until I am coming to the last phase of a painting that I am conscious of having to make decisions; the hardest one being when to stop.
Abstract art can reach into my soul and move and absorb me like no other form of art can. However it is the British landscape that inspires me and has always been my muse. I do not want to depict it I want to express it; yet conveying the feelings I have for it.
This is my ultimate goal, an almost impossible one for me. In spite of this, I have resolved to work my two loves in tandem; abstract work and abstraction of the Somerset levels. Maybe I will manage to paint my feelings and not what I see! This goal I think will keep me busy for some time to come, but for me it is more about the journey than the destination.
“I will not be an artist until I have created a piece of work that cannot be discussed, only felt.” Steve Abrams
One thing is certain looking, creating, talking art is what motivates me and keeps me going.
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