I have been back painting seriously for about 6 years. I realize now that I am committed to this for the rest of my life; this is something that I must do. I am a painter.
Right now I’m having a lot of fun, and it seems that every new canvas takes me in a different direction. About a year ago, I started to look towards something more conservative in the landscape tradition, such as a winter resort in the Blue Mountain area, and a scene from a beautiful lake in the Rocky Mountains.
But soon my sense of humour prevailed, and I came up with the notion of a self portrait; representing myself as a plastic model kit. At first I thought the idea too esoteric, and I wondered how many people would understand it. I was pleasantly surprised; most people laughed, or at least, smiled, when they first saw it. Childhood memories, it seems, are very powerful.
The reaction to my self-portrait spurred me on to a series of tiny
paintings about vintage toys from the 1960s. Admittedly, there was a lot self indulgence involved, and I quite enjoyed these small (8″x10″) canvases. After painting number three, however, I got the urge to move on, this time into the field of social commentary. I am on a short break while I launch this site, but soon I will be shaking things up again.
The question is, do I keep searching for a specific look, category or style? Will it serve my career as an artist to find, and stick with a recognizable trademark, or do I continue to drift through whatever strikes me as engaging and fulfilling?
Maybe I will establish a stronger identity. Maybe. For now, I think, I will just drift for awhile longer…