|"Umbrellas in the rain"|
Questions put to the artist...
- Information about the style of work you create?
I consider myself to be a naive abstract, expressionist of neo-primitive art with strong, soft colors and shades that composes within the elements of the image. That gives the serenity, subtlety, and peace I seek. I use my artistic freedom to do what I like without the constraints of academia, mathematics and technique.
- What materials do you use?
Acrylic paints with thin brushes on canvas that I have treated in rough strokes with dimensional medium to create texture.
I like to finish with a mixed layer of matt & gloss varnish to bring out the colours and protect the painting for much longer than an oil painting would last - current oil paints degrade and crack over time and will probably last for only a 100 years - I want my paintings to last longer than that:)
- Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Sometimes it is what someone says in a conversation that makes me think: "Yeah. that might be something I can paint."
- What are your intentions for the work?
To enable me to have the financial freedom to one day paint full time - if one can do what you really love and make a decent living from it then I think you are a very fortunate person. Once over a cup of coffee a good friend of mine quoted Pablo Picasso who famously said:"I want to live like a poor man with enough money to follow my passion".
|"Shopping early evening in the rain"|
There are also inherent aspects to visual self-expression that evoke both pleasure and a sense of creative agency in ourselves - making art activates the brain's reward pathway.
|"Umbrellas in the Rain - Dark"|
- Which other artists or movements influence your work?
No artist in particular, I recently completed an Honours Degree in Philosophy and it is this discipline or search for all our questions which drew me to art, art has shown through the ages to be the catalyst for many philosophical changes in society and a reflection of the actual state of mind of the collective.
|"Rainy late afternoon out"|
One can tell the conscientiousness of an age by studying the art of that time in human history - colours, texture, backgrounds all tell a story specific to history.
|"Papawers in die veld"|