I am often asked, particularly by my students, what are my influences and why do I draw and paint cars. The answer is simple. From early childhood, cars and to a smaller extent, motorbikes, played a large role in my life. As children, we even played games, (with our eyes closed) when on a bus, as to which passing car we could identify by its’ engine noise…..
At l7 I got my driving licence and at l8 I bought my first motor-bike…….which I had to maintain myself, so my interest in things technical became a necessity as well as doing something that I actually liked. When I got my first car, (an “interesting” Triumph Herald Coupé) I became hooked on all things to do with motorsport, including driving, as shown above (yes, that is me, buckling up in that Subaru last Sunday ) quick cars and that too has influenced my specialisation in motoring artwork.
However, I have always owned pets and these too are part of my art network, so to speak. Buildings too and their renovation, inside and out, being part of my career, has also influenced my artwork. And my final influence has been the garden, hence a smattering of floral based artworks! As an Art Tutor, I believe it is important that artists draw and paint subjects with which they are relatively familiar and comfortable. Illustrating a subject or subjects in which the artist has no interest will probably result in a poorly crafted work.
My new series of hugely enjoyable One-to-One Art Classes ( all mediums; portraiture; still-life; animals; floral; scenic, buildings and yes, cars, etc., ) will commence at the end of October and if you would like any information about these 2 hour sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you and influencing you to becoming a top class Artist. Thank you for taking the time to read this and perhaps to share it on, and as we say, here in Brittany, a bientot.