Why did you pick this picture?
This is one of a series called Daydreaming in Wild Flowers. I can see the development of my style, how I’ve progressed and that gives me a huge sense of pride. I love the way the flowers appear to be moving, as if they’re alive. It is exactly what I imagined in my head and I’ve managed to get this onto a canvas. I enjoy painting thickly, building heavy layers, so that the natural light can change the painting throughout the day. Also the feedback I have received is very humbling. It makes people happy and smile and there is no better reason to paint. I think the best feeling as an artist is when people understand a painting and it evokes the same emotions in them that I was inspired by when I created it.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
“Imagination is everything, it is a preview of life’s coming attractions” – one of my favourite quotes and where better to let your imagination run free. Very close to my house are verges of wild flowers lining the road. They look amazing and so inspiring. I had done a series on Woodland Walks and was looking to expand on this but with a different focus still inspired by nature. Lying in the grass gave me some really interesting perspectives and my Daydreaming concept was born. The colours are almost never ending and as the series develops I am exploring more and more, building textures and colour combinations.
What does this art mean to you?
To me, this is a celebration of the every day wonder of the natural world. Amazing things are happening around us everyday. There are small pockets of beauty and noticing them gives me a real sense of connection. There are so many things to be thankful for if we just look carefully. I wanted to capture this concept; how something so simple and beautiful can make us stop and imagine and get lost in a wonderful daydream.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’ve only been seriously painting for two years. However, I’ve always been creative and my day job for the last 17 years has been as a designer, graphic and web, but all digital. I did A Level art many years ago but only recently has my passion been ignited again. I’ve got two amazing boys and my youngest loves to paint and gives me some great ideas. I found my soulmate and am getting married next year, I’ve never been happier and I know that this is reflected in my paintings. It’s easy to create, paint and be inspired when you are in a great place.
What more can you tell us about your art?
Painting is my escape and dream. It’s so tactile and I love the organic process. I start with a idea and image in my mind but at some point the painting will lead me in different directions. Artistically, my biggest influence is Van Gogh. As a child I would be mesmerised by his work, the textures, markings and colours. My early paintings are heavily based on his style but over time I have developed my own technique while staying true to his influence. One of my heroes is Muhammed Ali and I had the honour of meeting him many years ago. I’ve done a whole range of paintings on him and boxing in general. I love trying to capture movement and boxing really lends itself as a great subject matter. All my work is very textured and I want people to want to touch them and wonder how it was created. Apart from commissions, I paint entirely for myself from within and take immense satisfaction when people love what I have painted.
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