Someone recently said to me they could always tell one of my paintings because of its ‘style’. Such a lovely compliment and it really got me thinking as to what I thought ‘style’ actually is.
I think having a recognisable ‘style’ or ‘painting handwriting’ is something we aim to achieve as Artists. Reaching a consistent working ‘style’ takes time and effort. For me, I believe that an artist’s style has to be so much more than just being recognisable, not least because it is possible to be heavily inspired by the Masters and their ‘handwriting’, for example.
An artist’s style should reflect the person creating the painting; their emotion, their observation, and of course, their technique. I think the true recognition of when you have started finding your ‘painting handwriting’ is when you can say that your work is authentic. It comes from a deep place within you. When you know as an artist why you are painting and more importantly why you are painting what you are painting. However, I also believe that this is a life-time’s journey.
During my MA in Fine Art we were challenged to think about what we were painting and why. For those who follow me regularly on my social media pages know all my work has a theme. Typically, my series of works are developed around a theme with a common idea and concept. Those themes come from places I have visited, weather that I have experienced or emotions running through me at a given time.
For a painter’s work to have a real spark and then to develop a ’style’, for me it has to come from an authentic place. Just like in life, when we stay true to ourselves, we find that life then flows with its own energy. Well, I think so does painting. And to be authentic in your work takes time, thought and reflection. And is a never-ending job! Such a lifetime challenge.
And so to my ‘stye’ and ‘handwriting’ … my work is inspired through a theme of ‘aliveness’ and ‘energy’ in nature. If you read my artist’s statement on my website you will understand more about where all my work comes from. www.lucymarks.co.uk