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Metamorphosis, oil on linen, 30cm x 40cm

Metamorphosis, oil on linen, 30cm x 40cm

The paintings above and below are some small paintings that I created from my imagination.  ‘Metamorphosis’ is pretty much completed(which is hard to see due to the poor photographic quality).  ‘Bathers’ was damaged by fire while in progress and I am still working on it.

Exploring my imagination is why I chose to be an artist.  It would be a shame if all the sacrifice and hard study resulted in a mere set of copying skills.  There is a fixation within the figurative art world of ‘getting it right.’  Very often this admirable goal is solely associated with a literal copy of an existing model.  However, it should be so much more.

A quality work of art functions on many levels.  It is the sensibility, accumulated culture and bravura of the artist that determines how rich a work of art can be.  A good work of art is a catalyst that ignites a reaction in the viewer.  The world around us is beautiful because it is a representation of something greater.  Merely copying objects ignores that.  By taking solace in imitating what we see the risk is we negate the primary purpose of art: creating something significant.

Michelangelo Buonarotti sums it up”The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo Buonarroti

Bathers, oil on panel, 30cm x 40cm

Bathers, oil on panel, 30cm x 40cm, in progress

Below is a torso study that I created for a birth of Venus.

Venus Study, terracotta, 18cm(h)

Venus Study, terracotta, 18cm(h)