Every serious artist (I hope) wants to express their art in their own unique way. It often takes years to develop a personal way of ‘seeing’. Experimentation, curiosity and discovery go hand in hand as they take on their journey of creativity.
Some artists choose to work in a variety of mediums and this can result in a change of style from time to time. This could be because of the medium itself, the subject or the way they are ‘thinking’.
Not all artists respond this way. Some never change and just keep churning their work out.
I have changed my style 3 times over the past 30 years. My first style involved laying down strokes of coloured pencil, influenced by Post-Impressionist artists. I was also keen on Pointillism, (particularly the work of Seraut), a style that has recently attracted my attention once again. I’m keen to pursue this style further when I return home to Tasmania in March.
The second style (featured) is a lot freer and spontaneous. I went through a period in the 90s when I rejected the patient work that I had been labouring over for the previous 10 years. I mainly worked on white paper, something I rarely do today.
My current way of ‘seeing’ is my third style and is a cross between patterns, symbolism and abstraction with a taste of symbolism.
No, I’m not schizophrenic, I just to experiment now and then!
Today’s featured images are a taste of what I was doing in the early 90s. I didn’t sell all I drew, but I was pleased with what I did sell and the feedback I received. I was going through a pretty rough time in my personal life, and this style suited the way I felt. There’s a great deal of aggression in these drawings, but also a release, even in some, a sense of freedom. I wasn’t afraid to use outlines. Many of these drawings were quick and at times, spontaneous. These are drawings, not paintings as is my current practice.
There’s no harm in change, but it should be for the right reasons.