There are so many different ways of creating art, it seems like a shame to focus on just one. Over the last 5 years I’ve been experimenting with a number of different styles and have enjoyed myself greatly.
However, there’s always been a strange sense of something missing. You could call it clarity, direction or just a case of being a bit all over the place. It wasn’t really anything too dramatic though, it’s not like I was jumping from abstract to cubism via scrap sculpture, after all.
There has been a thread through all my work; it’s always representative, and is focused on the natural world. What you couldn’t do though, was show my art to someone, who didn’t know my work, and expect them to realise they were all by the same artist, and that’s a problem.
If I want my work to be recognisable and to stand out amongst all the other thousands of fantastic artwork and artists out there, I need to get some focus.
Which to Choose
After a recent show, that didn’t go very well, I decided to finally get that focus and pick one way forward. The question though, is which one? This wasn’t an easy decision by any means. Firstly, when it comes to this kind of thing I’m notoriously indecisive, to the point of dithering. Secondly, there were things I loved about all of them. I love the spontaneity of the plein air work; the creativity of working out how artworks will look on the canvas during painting; the statements you can make with colour.
In the end, it came down to what feels right, what feels more me, and that’s my biro drawings.
The main reason (I think) for that decision, is that the one thing that has been with me from the beginning, and I mean right from the start, is a love of drawing. Over the years, I’ve learnt to love painting, (my art teachers really had to work hard to get paint brushes in my hand!) but it’s drawing that’s always been there.
The second thing (after drawing) that I realised I loved, was back in Sixth Form when doing art A’ level and that was a love or working big. I clearly remember doing a picture of the classical greek statue Laocoon where I had to tape multiple pieces of paper together, pin them on the wall and stand on a table to complete it. The thing with my biro work is that I can draw and work large, without things taking way too long.
There is also the fact that (as far as I’m aware) biro on canvas is unique. I don’t think this is being done by anyone else, which should help to make it memorable.
It also just feels right.
I’m not saying I’ll never paint again, far from it. Hopefully, I’ll still be commissioned to do paintings and I do still love it, so will probably return to it at some point. For now though, it’s biro all the way!