I recently started creating visual art to express the beauty of existence as I see it each day. As many of you will relate, my life has been full of extreme positives and negatives and leads me to question why we exist. I find great interest in many philosophies on existence, particularly ‘existentialism’. This has shaped my views on life and what I consider to be a ‘purpose in life’. . . . . . After teaching myself to draw and paint in my spare time, I started using charcoal to create body shapes. This cold and dark substance reminds me of the possibilities in creating beauty and a representation of life from death (dead tree matter). I now use charcoal in every art piece as a realistic representation of life. I recently started using acrylic colours to express the beauty of movement and emotion- almost to express how it feels to be alive. For now, I create expressionism/realism/street art style pieces, using my own unique made up techniques and styles. Being a self-taught artist, I’m always off on my own little winding and twisting dirt track as I seek to discover more ways to express life as I see it.
Finally, I try to express the importance of natural acceptance and equality in all living creatures. Nudity is a secretive and restricted subject in the media, yet we should be celebrating the skin we’re in- as the ancient Greeks did. Enjoy our unique attributes and behaviours and embrace the differences of which make us all beautiful and inspiring creatures.
I believe that we could quite easily live and die without any great significance. It’s up to the individual to create a positive purpose for their existence, of which is set upon doing ‘good’ for others; free ourselves of the personal impacts and emotional reactions as a result of negative judgement, restrictions, expectations and social injustices. I aim to focus on the beauty and positivity I see in the world, hoping to inspire others to feel and do the same as this may be the greatest solution to creating a sustainable and peaceful world.
Due to an influx of requests for further information on my artistic process and life for assignments, I’ve added links to interviews from various online and print magazines. I hope this helps you get an A+!