Field Notes (blogs and vlogs)

Whilst I would like to say I blog regularly, the constriction of doing something regularly just takes the fun away. However, I love to share my thoughts and ideas and recently this is taking form as vlog posts which I call ‘Friday Chats’. Being a painter is quite a solitary life and I use social media a lot to engage with my audience. So this is a section to have some blogs and also random thoughts, musings, little experiments and what nots.

Art friday chats (vlogs)

Most recent blog

Defining authenticity

Recently I had a wonderful and inspiring conversation with an artist whose work I really admire.  Her work to me is hugely authentic. And we had a good chat about what it means to be an authentic artist.

It’s a difficult one when you define something in terms of authenticity.  To be authentic as a person is to stay true to who you are, which begs the premise that you know who you are to begin with.

Painting is similar for me.  I often look at works and think to myself that is an authentic painting. And to me it is somehow that the artist has really conveyed the sense that they know why they are painting a subject, and how it links to them. It’s sort of when an artists head and mind comes together is how I like to think of it.

Whether a work holds authenticity or not is a big question. It also requires some form of personal judgement about the work and artist which I am not sure I am entirely sure I am comfortable about making. In many ways, how can we know if a work is authentic, unless we are that artist ?

I’d be interested in hearing what you all think makes an authentic work and if it’s even something that is needed?

Other recent blogs

The business of living

I’ve recently moved home (again)! And am now back full time on the South Coast and loving it! The main issue has been in all the chaos of moving house, all the organising, packing, unpacking and arranging things is how to stay focused on my painting at the same time. Life in my experience over… Read more »


Memories of landscape

My painting has been on a bit of a circular journey over the last few years and I find myself back pushing my landscapes into a more abstract place. It is interesting to reflect on the route I took and how, in spite of seeming to be a circle, it was necessary to take my… Read more »


You don’t make art out of good intentions

Gustavo Flaubert once said ‘You don’t make art out of good intentions’. As artists, creators and painters, I think we can often lose our way a little in our journey to finding our own creative voice. Not only do we see and get involved with different influences, (because creatives are naturally curious), but also I… Read more »


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