As artists we are often asked what inspires us. I've always found this a difficult question, as the answer is infinite. My range of subject matter has always been varied from realistic portraits to completely abstract acrylics. I get bored easily and will change subjects regularly. Not until recently however, did I discover that in fact my subject matter is secondary to what truly inspires me: texture.
Not the texture of the actual objects or of my subject matter but the texture of the mediums that I work in. I will become overwhelmed with the feel of pencil on toothy paper, of painting in acrylics with my hands, of a pigment soaked brush on feather-soft watercolour paper. I will be lost in my medium often for weeks or months at a time working with only one. Then it is over and I am overwhelmed by another texture, carried off in whatever direction it takes me. I am inspired.
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