Inspiration is literally everywhere. Having spent the majority of, and certainly the formative years of my life in Australia, there is no lack of magnificent diversity of Flora and Fauna. And having spent the last couple of decades residing in Denver Colorado, I find a new set of these natural inspirations available.
From animal life to nature’s seasonal extremes, and deserts to oceans, life teems with subjects that deserve exploration. Life is a gift! It is full of movement, variation, a continual passage of time that relents never. There is a story in every moment, every breath, tear, laugh. Life moves!
There is a particular rhythm that runs through life. When everything goes crazy in life, I used to get my perspective at the coast. Sitting on a cliff above the ocean. Whether it was simply lapping on the shore, or blustering in violent heaving waves and winds, there is always a constant rhythm that runs through it. I now find this same rhythm, far from the ocean, on the rivers of the Rocky Mountains. Whether churning and roaring during spring run-off, or bubbling like a small brook in late summer, the rhythm remains the same.
All of life harbors this rhythm. We just have to be able to listen for it. I think that this is what inspires me the most. It is what drives artists to put down marks to somehow record and capture it.
The impressionists are the artists that originally most inspired me; they caught the rhythm of life. Artists like J. M. W. Turner, particularly in his works like ‘Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842’, captured my imagination. Movement was paramount, looseness and expression where key, and composition is captivating.
The Expressionists also lend a hand in their bold use of statement, in color and concept. An Austrian Expressionist, Egon Schiele, is very high on my list of inspiration. A skilled draftsman, with use of sinewy lines, and emotive quality of color, he rendered images as he interpreted them and not as they likely appeared to others.
I strive to capture similar traits in my own excursions in expression. I want freedom to be ever present, capturing emotion, thought, attitude, fluidity, movement, and the elusive “moment”. I want the rhythm of the moment to dance through my work. I want to invite others into that moment.