I have on occasion, especially during my early years as an artist, asked myself why I am doing this when there are so many incredible and successful (which is relative) artists out there who are far better than I and selling far more. The answer for me is that it is my happy place, my sanctuary, my opportunity to express myself truthfully, with lines and colours of so many emotions. I create memories, I exorcise my demons, I feed my soul through my creativity because that is my responsibility not anyone else’s. There is both challenge and absolute joy in playing with colour and texture, in rendering my environment the way I wish – my way. It sounds selfish – and maybe it is, but on occasion a person will see something in my work that lights them up, or makes them think, or just allows them for a moment to escape the norms of this life. I am enough, and my art is enough…just as you and your creativity is enough to carry on creating.
(Image: Sunrise Hut – Ruahine Forest Park – a few years ago…)