This past month, I was honored to contribute to John Pototschnik’s blog post, “Finding your Artistic Voice“.
This is such a critical topic in that so many beginning artists tend to be overly concerned with “being original”. The danger in this obsession to “have a voice” is that artists cloud or muddy their own voice, often inhibiting their true self from coming forth. I was no exception to this siren’s call and had to learn this through the years. Below are my thoughts…may they be helpful to you. :)
In my experience, finding my artistic voice came most naturally when I thought least about it. When I began a career as a commercial artist 25 years ago, the only virtue was to “have a style”. While that stint was very short lived, I had to divest myself of such thinking as that approach only led to hollow, superficial, works. While these commercial works were eye catching and trendy, they lacked soul and meaning. Rather, when I entered the fine art realm, I was very intentional to concern myself not with technique but simply recording the subject, it was then that my true voice emerged. The longer an artist works within this framework, the more authentic and original their artistic voice becomes.
Please see John’s full article at…
“Holding Her Close” 24 x 18 oil on linen
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Good luck as you charge ahead!