Here's myself in action at 'Art in the Park'
in Leamington a few years ago (no, it's not my twin brother Mark :D). Those weekends are such great fun as we meet so many
like-minded lovely artistic people and collectors. Selling your abstract art work is great fun too as people aspire to your work and in turn you aspire to their enthusiasm! Can't wait for the next show!
Any artist who paints in oils will always tell you that there's something about the aroma as well as the texture of oil paints that is just so unique. I have also used various palettes over the years for my abstract art and when I was a student, I even used biscuit tin lids! In some of my paintings you will notice that I have used quite subdued colours, yet I have found that the paintings with the most vibrant colours sell better! Why is that? Could it be because brighter colours are like bright flowers or bright mornings – they make you feel happier... and brighter?
You look and you see millions of images every day and subconsciously you take them all in. As an artist it's these millions of images that inspire my abstract art and help keep my visual grey matter library stocked up.
I always delve into this library when my brush is loaded with the next vibrant colour.
I was approached by a lovely couple from Manchester at 'Art in the Park' in Leamington Spa, who commissioned me to paint two portraits in my unique abstract artistic style. They were for two aunties that had sadly passed away called Margaret and Val.
I was emailed lots of information and photos for both aunties and then set about going through my unique artistic process.
When the finished portraits were ready,
we met up with my clients at the Trentham Estate and they were absolutely bowled over with the two finished portraits.
Each of the aunties had their own personalities and this is what I tried to convey through the medium of oil paint onto each of the canvasses. Each of them had different hobbies, interests, possessions, artworks etc. and in these two portraits I have amalgamated all of these things.
Because the two aunties were also great friends, I even painted a small Val into Margarets painting and a small Margaret into Vals painting! As an abstract artist, I was also able to cleverly hide a lot of these elements into each of the paintings.
When you look close up at any of my paintings, you'll find a treasure trove of images just waiting to jump out and greet you. This close up is from Margarets painting and because one of her favourite things was Christmas, you can easily spot some holly leaves and berries. Because she was artistic, it was great to take her art pieces and blend them into my own interpretation of her.
Each painting is very detailed and the viewer may not always see something at first, but rotate the canvas and a whole new world appears! Also, no two paintings are the same. I strongly believe that my abstract art will have the viewer discovering new images for many years to come.