Why do I create art? Because I have to: my hand found a pencil at an early age and I was instantly pleasurably addicted, in a very literal sense of the word. I could no more not make art than I could successfully quit eating or breathing.
As a young child around the age of four or five I drew well enough that adults would ask if I had traced or freehand drawn my subjects; I had drawn them freehand.
As I grew into my pre-teen years I filled reams of paper and many notebooks with drawings as I developed a love for all of the tools of art: pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, papers; and I also became a calligrapher and an amateur sign maker.
In my early teenage years I became interested in both painting and photography, and I developed just as an intense love of those disciplines as I had for drawing.
From an early age I was a student of art, continuously studying everything I could get my hands on, and eventually I studied art formally at Angelo State University and I also graduated from the New York Institute of Photography.
As I’ve grown as an artist over the years one thing that I’ve learned is that no one ever masters the craft; there’s always the possibility to do better, to learn more, and there are also new avenues to explore, new things to try, and refinements to past techniques.
And those are the things that make being an artist so frustrating, and so challenging, and so infinitely rewarding. Especially when a person I’ve never known stands before one of my works of art and it speaks to them and arouses them emotionally, and maybe even inspires enough passion within them that they purchase my art and take it home to live with.
Art…it’s one of the oldest–and I believe best–forms of communication that there is.
Understanding Abstract art…you already use, and understand, Abstract art in several different forms during your day.
Just one example is an arrow which indicates direction. Many times the arrow merely points and there are no words of explanation but you still clearly understand what the arrow represents. There is nothing more abstract than that: a directional arrow which has come to stand for and represent that you should move in an indicated direction, or take a certain action, without any written words informing you as to the action that you should take. And the arrow symbol is not even an arrow! If it were it would depict a shaft with a notch and feathers at one end and a point or arrowhead of some type at the other. The arrow symbol itself is an abstraction!
So, you see? You already use and understand Abstract art in one form or another every day of your life. Why not look around you and see how many more such examples of Abstract art you can recognize?
And look…you don’t have to “understand” Abstract art in order to fully appreciate it. How does it make you feel? When you look at it do you feel energized, uplifted, happy? Or maybe it just makes you feel good to look at it for no particular reason that you can identify. If so, you’ll really appreciate what Pablo Picasso had to say about Art:
“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can't explain them. People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.” -- Pablo Picasso