I started this site in order to showcase my paintings and share my views on fine art, what inspires me to paint and where possible to contribute, learn more, and also to utilise the site as a platform for my fine art in general. I have worked as a freelance commercial artist for just over thirty years, servicing the advertising industry – having worked on many different projects, encompassing various disciplines to create the artwork required. This has given me a good base as an artist.
Originally when I started out as a freelancer, much of the artwork was done the traditional way – using media like acrylics, inks (particularly for airbrushing), watercolours and various other media. occasionally I’d receive a commission to paint a subject for a client or ad agency that would involve painting in Oils or acrylics. Most projects were commercial and briefing was frequently ‘tight’ – always with the clients objectives in mind.
Once the digital ushered in, the advertising industry transitioned to the computer for creation of artwork and desktop publishing was born. I resisted at first, but a few years later had little choice but to join the digital community. The world-wide web also came into being and e-mails were replacing fax as a means to communicate. The rise of software applications like Adobe Photoshop also impacted hugely on editing of artwork and even the creation thereof.. 3D applications also came to the fore and subsequently the nature of artwork creation changed for me. As a freelancer – one had to be a ‘jack of all trades’ because I’d have to create artwork in so many forms. Examples would be digital illustration, vector art, graphic design in its various forms and also finished art. 3D modelling and rendering were also a huge part of my everyday workflow – having taken years to learn and become proficient in, was essential to the working pipeline. My online commercial art portfolio
Now, many years down the line I’ve re-discovered my roots and being somewhat disenchanted with the industry due to being restricted by briefs from creatives at ad agencies, chasing after payments and the innate commercialism that comes with the advertising industry as a whole. I find painting therapeutic and creatively I can explore. The possibilities with paint and it’s challenges will be a lifelong pursuit to master.
As a realist painter, my work is moving toward the narrative genre. I’ve always loved work that explored the obscure undercurrents of the subject – what ‘draws’ the viewer in.. and thereby the viewer have an affinity with a work. I intend to show work that is original and inspired, always seeking to perfect the oeuvre..
This is my very first post on my new Fine Art site, and being a total newby to WordPress I’m having to find my way around – so bear with me.. Artist’s – particularly myself, am heavily influenced by other eminent artists. I guess it’s the benchmark for the level of creativity and competence they’ve attained. Painting is a natural thing for me, however I’m aware that it is an ongoing process to evolve and become better at it. Being a painter is more than the ability to paint, as the process requires the faculty to interpret visually what one sees. The power of seeing is an essential ingredient to the art of painting. This is acquired through knowledge of the subject matter. Paintings are ‘made’ through a cognitive and physical process. The power of influence can’t be understated as it can be a real factor for inspiration..
For me, the creation of an artwork is about capturing the essence of a subject, to explore the visual undertones.. The dedication and commitment and understanding of a subject is evident in the work of these ‘masters’ that inspire. There are several past masters and quite a few contemporary’s that have made an indelible impression on how and why I paint.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres | 1780 – 1867
Master of graceful line and painter of note.
Johannes Vermeer | 1632 – 1675
Master painter – particularly of light.
Diego Velazquez | 1599 – 1660
Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Canaletto) | 1697 – 1768
Master painter of city scenes – particularly scenes in Venice.
Pablo Picasso | 1881 – 1973
Master of abstraction.