When asked to describe my art concept, I am aware I should speak of using a unique combination of illustrative and figurative minimalism to create my original art. However, the truth of the matter is that I do not have an art concept. I have not analysed the form my work takes, nor have I studied or borrowed techniques used by the Old Masters or other contemporary artists. My work is simply form or matter exactly as I see it.
Whether classed as illustration, minimalism or line art, my drawings form unconsciously (& fairly effortlessly) in my mind. Whenever I see a person or creature I find inspiring, whether I encounter these subjects in the flesh, or in photographs, I feel compelled to recreate the image or impression they have formed, in my mind, onto paper.
The most important thing, for me, is to see (or feel) emotion in my subjects. So to inspire a drawing, a creature or person must communicate something deeper than a surface façade. Emotions and thoughts, conveyed through facial expressions or body postures, enable me to visualise and ultimately draw their image.
So, strangely, whilst there are many perfectly beautiful creatures in the World, this doesn’t necessarily make them the best subjects for me. Although, when surface beauty is present in conjunction with conveyed emotion, it usually results in the creation of a particularly special drawing.