TRAVELLING ARTIST – Take yourself out of your comfort zone!
No two subjects are ever the same so why paint them so? For many years I painted the same familiar subjects, it was not until I travelled so widely that I truly discovered a clearer understanding of and the finer attributes of painting, in particular the importance of painting direct from life.
Straight edge brushes were traditionally used by the sign writer and calligrapher. Now however, for the painter to leave this valuable tool out of his equipment is a great mistake.
Every painting is a mixture of the defined or the undefined, or as I tend to refer to them ‘mush’ and ‘anchor’. The straight edged brush is the perfect tool for painting in the anchors with freshness and simplicity, yet with accuracy.
When did you first start painting?
I started to paint and draw when I was 3 years old, but didn’t know that I would be an artist then. I painted unconsciously, on a subconscious level, on a whim. I didn’t try to do something like everyone else, I just expressed my feelings through painting and drawing.