Where does it come from? Why does one artist paint dark, disturbing images and another make art of transcendent light and beauty? What motivates the incredibly unique expressive mode of each individual artist? Life experience, external influences, serendipity, magical moments, receptivity, the minutia of life: all these combine to drive the artist to make art.
I am very intrigued by the wonderful sensations and ideas that come out of left field, little glimmers of perception that happen on the periphery of my vision and awareness that evolve either instantly or over time to take physical form as paintings and fabric work. Be they the ephemeral, shifting colours and rhythms of the sea, the intensity in a person’s face, or the ancient mythologies and symbols locked in the carved stone of past centuries, these are images that have worked themselves sideways into my mind and refuse to leave. Sometimes they come unbidden, charting their own course until set free in visual form.
The journey of the creative process is very personal to each artist; we must allow our minds to be receptive to gentle peripheral influences as well as the powerful, ‘in- your- face’ immediate ones. The very materials one works with can be the initiators of fine work! Something may be ‘just plain beautiful’ and demand to be incorporated into one’s art. Or, as in the case of my work with Celtic design, I am re-contextualizing stone monuments into fabric, taking the essence of weathered stone carvings or the delicate intricacies of old illuminated manuscripts and bringing them to new life in the textured softness of silk and fine gold threads.
On and on, wonders happen all around us, and the best are out there on the edge, teasing us to listen to our peripheral vision.