I am a painter. An observer. A translator of images. When I am not painting, I am salvaging, restoring and upcycling the treasures which others have discarded into objects of beauty, including my old 1941 Ford pick-up truck. I am also a sign-writer. In a former life I was an illustrator of technical advertising and young adult fiction. These days I don't try to fit into any conventional idea of what it means to be an 'artist', but instead seek to inspire and create through my work and also through my life here on the boat. Painting, creating images, to find expression in the visual, this is what I do and what I love to do. I learned long ago that you can never go out to create a masterpiece, so ... I just paint, and sometimes I get lucky. Genius is not something which can be possessed but is something that, if you're lucky, can pay the occasional visit and lend a helping hand. For the longest time, I managed to hold in check my need to be better at any one thing by trying to master a new style or medium, always moving from one to the next, always restless. But it is in oils that I have (mostly!) found my home. The path and journey for my work has never been altogether clear for me, but I am beginning to understand it a bit better now. I remember hearing a quote many years ago ...
'To be an artist you need three things: The hand. The Eyes. And the heart.'
I never truly understood this until recently, but it makes so much sense to me now. The hands are the technical ability, to be able to competently lay colour on a canvas. The eyes are to see everything. And then there's the heart ... This is the part I'd been missing, but it's a beautiful place, to become one with your painting, for the brush strokes to be guided as if from another place, to open your heart and allow the image to reveal itself ... This is how I approach my work now. I've always seen my art as both a curse and a blessing. There are so many other things I could pursue (and I do!) but I can't escape the draw of creating images and so eventually I always find myself returning to painting. In the end, it's simply who I am.
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