Well, I have finally taken the plunge and opened a blog.
I am an artist living in Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK. I have always enjoyed creating art and draw or paint every day, just because I love it.
I studied for a degree in Fine Art Painting at Winchester School of Art and since then have spent my time working on a variety of illustration/painting work including pet portraits, murals, painted pebbles, children's canvases, and designs for licensing in the gift market - cards, wrap etc. I also run a face painting business with my friend Bernadette.
As you can see I have fingers in many pies. I have spent time wondering if this was OK? Should I be concentrating on one area? Wouldn't I get bored? Wouldn't I miss out?
Other artists seem to have one style they concentrate on and expand gradually - or do they? Is this just what we see on the surface - the projects that we see published are, after all, the only ones we associate with that particular artist. I wonder if famous illustrators; Axel Scheffler, Quentin Blake have secret sketchbooks packed with other styles of drawings. Perhaps Rob Ryan is a closet knitter, or Tony Ross enjoys making wood cuts - I don't know , but by the nature of creativity, it seems probable that artists have more than one string to their creative bow.
I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter. I have decided to create what I want and stop worrying - art should be enjoyable!