I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. I'm never without a physical camera or the camera of my mind to capture the usual and unusual sights of everyday life. Sometimes the sights captured will sit unexpressed for years and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.
It is not my intention to be an environmental artist or to create artwork relating to social commentary but as I start my pieces and develop the artwork on the canvases, some of the art becomes just that.
I like to use bold colours and lots of movement in both my paintings and digital creations. I have noticed, and so have a lot of viewers of my art, that I tend to use a lot of sensuous curves and passionate inferences in my art. I am happy with that because, deep down, I am a very passionate person and I like to share my passion for life with others. Very seldom will you see straight lines in my art because, like me, it is very complex and full of personality.
I have always been artistic but it is only during the last few years that I have started to express my artistic skills on canvas or in a digital art format. Prior to that, I would express myself entirely through the camera, in written word, or by my ad-libbing skills in verbal jousts.
Some of my subject matter is about people's daily routines and a comment on human nature. Some of it is about nature and the fascinating world around us each and every moment. And some is pulled, screaming, from my dreams which are influenced by day-to-day occurrences.
I am often asked ‘What were you feeling when you created that?” or, “Where did your inspiration come from?” Truth be told; I often can not pin it down. I feel the urge to paint and I pull out the canvas and the brushes, or palette knives, transfer the images from the forefront of my mind to the canvas. It is like my subconscious takes over and does not share the info with me till later. That can be kind of annoying at times but it seems to work and who am I to argue. One of the most difficult parts, for me, of creating art is naming it afterwards. I want you to connect with my art in your way; to feel what you want to feel. Sometimes, my titles may get in the way and sometimes they won’t and you will feel what I see in the art and, quite possibly, feel what I was subconsciously feeling when I created it.
My influences are first and foremost Nature, everything I see, feel and experience, music, the written word but I've always loved Art and moving pictures. As a kid growing up in Scotland I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy art for free at some of the best galleries in Glasgow and the castles and stately mansions of Scotland. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and I guess that I was also influenced by the album colours and designs.
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Life is good; Life is ART.