Who Are You?
Who are you?
Artists ask me many times: “How do I develop my own style?”
What a wonderful question and what a wonderful problem! The question can apply to anyone in any career, who are you? My answer is always the same: Who have you become?
As art is a creative process which draws on many experiences, for certain it is shaped over time and is the result many turns. Some turns for the best and some for the worst. In the end who you are is a conglomeration of all of those turns. It wells up within you and desires to come out.
What will you do with that well spring? Sing it? Write about it? Perhaps, as I do, paint it? What will be the channel in which you will release the inner energy?
For me the channel was through my brush. My challenge in life is to present the things in life that I love and make it possible for people who identify with what I feel to have it and enjoy it in their own personal space.
It’s about colour for me. Sometimes it’s about bright colour and other times it’s about dark colours. Either way I use colour to shape the message I present.
My emotional conduit happens through the landscapes I love. Canadian Landscapes, most particularly the Canadian Shield. Together my love for the use of colour and my passion for the land come together to form a message. I must underline that those two elements are also tempered and deeply influenced by my life’s experiences. Jobs, travels, family matters, friends, relationships. These experiences make me who I am and who I am is an emotional being. This emotional being renders colours which come from my mood at the time of painting.
Who am I? I am all of the above. My style of painting is all of the above. In short, I am true to myself and allow my soul to show. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I place my heart on the canvas, I apply it with a brush and colour.
So now, Who are you?
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.