That Artist’s Statement Thing They Make You Write
When You Really Just Want To Make Art:
Why do I make art? Because, of all the things I am capable of, art is the one and only thing I can imagine myself doing every day for the rest of my life. Anything else would eventually become a bore or a chore. Art isn’t (just) my work; it’s Life! That’s why I make art.
What kind of art do I make? Portraits (human and wildlife), architectural scenes, cityscapes, landscapes, and the occasional still life. I create art that I hope you can’t easily look away from, because it profoundly conveys to your soul what I experienced in painting it. My favorite quote about art is from Picasso: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” That’s what I’m aiming at – refreshment for my soul and yours.
How do I make art? I work primarily in acrylics or oils; occasionally in ink with watercolors. I bought some pastels that I should try out some day. I tend toward realism and favor traditional subject matter, often hinting at my interest in history. I usually work from photographs that I have taken, or make use of reference photos, even when I am working from life. I am primarily self-taught, which, in my case, means that I experiment with lots of techniques and I use what works for me. Whatever the materials, technique, or subject matter, prayer is essential. Nothing boosts creativity more than a line of communication with The Creator.