Inspiration: Paul Powis

August 22, 2008 at 11:51 am 1 comment

My art is clearly Pointillism-derived, but when I first began painting that was not my original intention.

In the beginning, I was most inspired by the landscapes of contemporary British artist Paul Powis. Here are some of my favorites of his:

Paul Powis, "Landscape 2"

Paul Powis, Landscape 2

Paul Powis, "Field of Gold"

Paul Powis, Field of Gold

Paul Powis, "Seeing a Whisper I"

Paul Powis, Seeing a Whisper I

I greatly admired his bold colors, simplified forms, and dramatic compositions (look at those diagonals!). I loved the exuberance and energy in his work. I wanted to do that too!

Of course, I didn’t want to copy his work exactly. I needed to find my own voice, my own style. It’s important to take away some key lessons from your sources of inspiration, and then make them your own. I needed something more to get me pointed in the right direction.

Around the same time, I became acquainted with the work of two other contemporary artists whose work and, more to the point, whose teachings helped shape my own work. They are Stephen Quiller and Mike Svob.

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  • 1. Inspiration: Georges Seurat « Barbara J Carter  |  December 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    […] Still, I don’t like the way the white shows through between his dots. I prefer to tone my canvases a solid color (red, almost always) before applying my dots. This is a big difference between my approach and Seurat’s. The white behind his dots tends to make the overall effect “pastel”. This was not the effect I wanted, as you’ll see when you read about a very different artist who influenced me: Paul Powis. […]


Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

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