Inspiration: Paul Powis
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:
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.