I have always been drawn to creativity, as soon as I could pick up a pencil and began to draw. I studied art and graphics in the late 1980’s, the days of hand skills and drawing boards. Being able to draw, understand colour, composition, typography, photography and print were mandatory. As a young designer I was thrust into the world of advertising with pin stripped suits, braces, mobile bricks and champagne lunches – not the real world and thankfully not for me.
A move from London to Dorset brought me down to earth with a gentle bump. Since then, keeping up with technology, has been a challenge. But gratefully, I can say that I have a skill set that ranges from drawing, painting, graphic design, editing videos for my YouTube channel, and more recently gaining a teaching qualification to teach fluid art.
What kind of artist am I? I struggle with the title ‘Fluid Artist’, as that limits me to exactly that. My art is so much more than ‘pouring paint’. I need to find meaning in my paintings, through a seascape or a landscape, drawing inspiration from the wonderful area in which I live, from the seashore to the soft rolling hills that surround Dorset.
I love making the unpredictable work and in fluid art, that’s exactly what you get – unpredictability. I constantly experiment, mixing various substances into paint, applying them over and over again until I am happy with the end result. Years of pouring, swirling, mixing, manipulating paint into something that speaks to me, brings meaning to the unpredictability of fluid art.
I want my art to convey calmness because when I look at a finished painting, I need it to make me smile and feel happy. My art is both abstract and representational, brush work added over the top of a fluid art painting suddenly transforms it into a landscape or a seashore.
What other artists influence me today? There are many from both the fluid art world and more ‘traditional’ artists, too many to count and I wouldn’t want to single any one of them out, as many have become great, supportive friends. But I admire all of those who have found the holy grail of fluid art, and that is finding their own unique style.
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