My Journey and Discovery
In my spare time I spent much of my time creating various forms of art with a few successes with both digital art and 3D holographic metal wall art.
Much of my work was eventually copied by other artists, both in the UK and China.
At this point this is where my journey of discovery started. My mission was to create my own unique style, free from any influences and totally original in the art world. Something that had never been seen before.
Most evenings and weekends were spent experimenting with paint ideas in my quest for something unique. I burned ridiculous amounts of money on paint and art materials, most of which ended up in the bin. There were visits to different companies in the search for unusual tools and ended up making my own. I also went back to using some old painting skills learnt from 20 years ago, which I never thought would be used again.
There were highs of eureka discovery moments and very low points of failure, more often than not. I strived to create my very own unique style which in the art world is a very difficult thing to achieve, but suddenly within the space of a month the butterfly idea came to me.
After this everything else fell into place, I managed to find solutions to all problems, everything new I attempted worked first time, new ideas started to flow, and to top things off all the people I showed my art to, loved it. I struggled to believe this.
So why the sudden success, what changed?
I would not describe myself as spiritual, however just before everything came together, a close relative in our family passed away. This person always showed a keen interest in my art and would have loved to see the final pieces now. Upon further investigation I’ve since discovered butterflies and dragonflies are symbolic and different cultures see them in many positive ways, including:
- Common sign from a deceased loved one
- Brings you good luck
- Represent transformation and soul evolution
- Bringer of joy and peace
- Reminiscent of freedom and creativity
They say art is subjective and everyone sees different things in art. Many people have purchased my art as a way of remembering loved ones, requesting signed dedications with the butterflies representing loved ones, others have invested simply because they love the intense colours and 3D effects and unusual side. Either way I hope you like my art, whatever it says to you.
So, fast forward 3 years later and I’ve finally perfected my unique style. Like most artists I continue to learn new things every time I’m in the studio. Outside of the studio I have also learnt a lot about the art business having dealt with publishers and many galleries.
Being an artist is hard work, or should I say trying to make a living as an artist, just ask any. Having sat at an office desk receiving a salary no matter whether it was a hard week or not is an incredible contrast to the demands of relying on art to pay the bills, however I would not swap back.