Artist Probe - Interview with an Artist
Archibald - July 2003
+1 ::: Why
are you an artist?
I have always drawn, Ive always
felt 100% me with a pencil or paintbrush
in my hand. Art is the only thing I
have ever felt completely confident
with. I could not imagine my life without
::: Tell me about your art.
My art is what I do and how
I live. I paint the things around me,
the things I know and feel comfortable
with. My art is an acknowledgement of
life, a confession of my feelings, and
a celebration of the painting process.
+3 ::: Why
did you choose to paint Turkey?
My relationship with Turkey
began with a relationship with a girl
from Istanbul that I had met on the
Internet. Through her I experienced
a country of great beauty, overflowing
with culture and history. I started
painting the Turkish series*
of paintings after my third visit, when
I felt that I had experienced enough
of the country to honestly paint it.
::: What artists have influenced you
My first leap into art was through
the Australian artist Brett Whiteley*.
Through his art I discovered that painting
was more than just landscapes and portraits,
it could be whatever you wanted, painting
could be a way of life. Vincent van
also a major influence as I admired
his passion, intensity, and his emotional
honesty. I admire many artists from
many different movements and periods
in art. I think it's important to keep
an open mind.
::: What do you do for fun (besides
I love reading and learning
new things. My mind becomes restless
if I'm not growing. I read books on
art, religion, spirituality, business,
investing, psychology, and culture.
Other interests include the Internet,
the occasional glass of wine, and music.
::: What inspires you to paint?
Life inspires me to paint. Painting
inspires me to paint. I have formed
a habit of walking into my studio on
a regular basis and I become inspired
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
Like many artists I have struggled
with the notion of art as a business.
It doesnt come naturally to me but it
is a very important part of being an
artist. I dont intend to be a factory
but I do plan to become wiser in the
areas of business.
::: Where do you see youself in 10 years?
My mind is very open to change,
so I could be anywhere. I do know that
I will be painting, enjoying life, and
::: Tell me more about your latest series
of paintings and where you are going
I wanted to paint some of the
places around Newcastle*
that I have always loved looking at;
The beach, the city, the parks, and
the people. The softness of the beach
beside the hardness of the city is also
fascinating to me. I am currently working
with the portrait more. In the emotion
of the face rather than the physical
likeness of the person. With tryptichs*
it allows you to discover and express
things in the same face three different
ways. There is always more to be found
by exploring the same subject again
::: What advice would you give to an
artist just starting out?
Learn the rules before you break
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