I had previously posted my recent (since 2009) artwork on a site called Paintingsilove.com. After ten years that site will be shutting down at months end. It was a safe comfortable place to put your artwork out in the world among other artists of various skill levels and styles. There was never any fear of being trolled, ridiculed, or having to endure being cruelly criticized. In the short time I have been here I get the sense The Art Colony is very much the same. As a first blog post here I retooled the artists statement I had previously used on P.I.L. as an introduction to who I am as an painter and how I view my work.
** My world at work is filled with fixed dimensions, rigid specifications, and soul crushing linear precision. It's a place where the graceful curve or flowing lines have little influence. Painting offers me some balance for the creativity that has little expression in that precise numerically controlled environment. While I do enjoy creative endeavors I lack the training and discipline to make a career of it and the bills must be paid. So I am a steel worker by day and paint when I have both the energy and opportunity in the same moment.
I am a largely self-taught and paint primarily for recreation and enjoyment. Spending so many hours each week working my time for painting is both limited and very precious. Consequently many of my pieces progress with near glacial slowness. This presents few problems as most of my pieces become gifts for loved ones. I have discovered that I do not enjoy the added pressure of producing artwork as a professional would working on a commission. I find that influence somewhat stifling. As a hobbyist I can ignore that sort of imposition and just have fun when I have time to pick up my brushes. I do try to learn something from each project I attempt. Whether it's a different medium, technique, or new way to compose an image I'm always pushing myself to improve.
I've explored numerous media and surfaces and found some that I truly enjoy and others not as much. I completely enjoy the entire creative process. From surface preparation to research & composition, and finally rendering the imagery trapped inside my mind. I am always in search of new things to try and still have a great deal to learn.**
That sums it up neatly, and I think I am going to enjoy it here.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy what I have to share.