There's beauty in imperfections.
For the past two years (plus an extra term because of interruptions of lockdown and postponement of the course) I’ve been studying a master’s degree in fine art. The reasons for this were to educate myself further in the art field and to take art more seriously. I was teaching full time and completing many commissions. Now I would like to continue with this as well as develop a strong ‘brand’ style. My degree wasn’t in art, but in education, so this was very much different and linked to what I wished to pursue afterwards - an art career.
It was a time of innovation, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, striving to find an area that I wished to pursue after the course and eventually I did. In the last three months, I discovered a love for abstract art, incorporating simple shapes and symbols within one piece. It was with huge joy that I discovered this, as I feel it is so closely connected to myself as a person. The style, the complexities, the simplicity and creativity are unleashed from somewhere deep within me, where comes the urge to express and escape. Like an intriguing, unknown language that borders on the mysterious, I have attempted to answer the question concerning the soul and its appearance, and it was from doing that that the images emerged.
‘Old soul’ is my favourite painting by far and developed after much sketching and practise pieces. It’s elegant, mysterious, deep and thoughtful. It’s simple, but the meaning is complex and obscured. There is also the bonus of this appealing to all abstract art lovers, for the result, although stemming from a spiritual theme, is not seemingly linked to spirituality at all.
Painting images that look representational are not exciting to me, but they are without a doubt more popular regarding the commissions I used to receive and still willing to take on. But creating something unique and innovative is exciting, for it’s like reading a book, not knowing the ending. It’s about intrigue, the ‘what if’s’ and the unknown. I wonder how far they will take me and where they will be exhibited and appreciated. I plan to create a series before exhibiting them in venues about the country.
Author & Artist
I've always been interested in writing and art, however, over the years life got in the way of these beautiful pastimes. Having recently completed a Master's in Fine Art at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) I have reconnected with a passion, which I wish to continue with, since it fulfils a missing part of me. If people can gain some enjoyment through my work, than I am truly grateful.