There have been many artists who have been an inspirations over the years. Some of them are William Alexander who taught a wet in wet technique in oil painting, many local artists including Katie Morris as well as Robert Bateman. I did go on to develop my own style in painting. I am mainly an acrylic painter even though I do like doing pen and ink and pencil drawings.
We sometimes fall into the habit of focusing on learning painting methods and using color that we forget to draw and mainly focus on subject we can paint without drawing. I have recently got myself back to drawing by using a much larger size and using a simple grid. I have always loved painting animals as I have been around animals all my life.
There have been times when I went for a more impressionistic type of painting more like the group of seven. I think it really depends on the subject matter. I have recently learned how to make acrylic transfers which can be a good way to start a painting or start a collection for a collage.
Art has always been a half to not a want to for me. It is simply something I have always had a strong desire to create something. If I don’t listen to that urging in some way I can be a real miserable person and no fun to live with. It makes me a more complete and fulfilled person. It is worse than having that first cup of coffee in the morning which is another must have. I can honestly say that I have an inner motivation. I paint what I like and then I enjoy the process. I must have some kind of emotional attachment to what I paint or draw.