Japanese Art and How It Inspires Me

Every artist, no matter their medium, is influenced by something: music, architecture, contemporaries or long-dead masters. As a visual artist, I’m intrigued, inspired and influenced by what I see, and Japanese art is among the styles that can really get my juices flowing. With roots dating back to 3,000 years BC, Japanese arts cover every […]

When Architecture Becomes Art – Buildings That Inspire Me

Inspiration. It’s the start of all creativity, the fuel that drives the art world and everyone in it – including me. But the things and images that prompt us to pick up a brush or a pen or a chisel can vary wildly. I’m an acute observer of what’s going on around me, and my […]

Perspective From My Perspective

My interest in perspective and how it influences my paintings is an important part of my work. However  I am not creating perspective from scratch, I already have the perspective from the photographs I use as inspiration for the subject matter, from these photographs is where the choices are made. This is where I decide […]

Influencers – You Know What They Say About Genius’s !

Architecture is another art form which has always fascinated me and in particular the extraordinary architectural master of Art Nouveau, Gaudi.  His monuments in Barcelona have become iconic elements of Catalan culture and had a massive impact on me when I first saw his amazing work. Gaudi was a pioneer of design, he moved away […]

Geometry & Perspective In Art With The Father of Modern Art – Paul Cezanne

Continuing my theme of artist influencers another hugely important artist for me is Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) , the artist many dubbed the ‘Father of Modern Art’. Cezanne moved through and alongside the Impressionists but eventually broke away with his unique vision in art and due to this new, almost sculptural approach to painting, became an […]

Precision In Art

"Classic Landscape" by Charles Sheeler

Influencers From Precisionism To Vorticism Precisionism was a movement that started to gather pace in the 1920’s influenced by Futurism and Cubism as well as its strong connections to Art Deco. One of its pioneers was Charles Sheeler, an artist whose work I much admire. Sheeler actually initially was a commercial photographer who focused on […]

My Artist Influencers – Japonisme

The next stage in the development of my artistic taste was poster art which led me into the work of Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec and Art Nouveau, which still fascinates me. I was also interested in China and Japan, initially through martial arts, then I made the connection between Art Nouveau and Japan and started to […]

My Artist Influencers- M.C. Escher (1898-1972) & Bridget Riley (b.1931)

Exploring optical illusions and how artists have translated this through their paintings has always interested me. Two artists who are undoubted masters of this include, for me, M.C.Escher and Bridget Riley, both have fascinated me in my formative years. Escher with his scientific mind explored through patterns and Riley with her powerful talent to make […]

My Artist Influencers- David Hockney

As a painter naturally I have an innate interest in other artist’s work. Whether simply admiring their talent or being subconsciously influenced by their style it has all contributed to the formation of my artistic taste. Over the next blogs, I am going to write about those artists whose work is definitely on my list […]