I started painting when I was 14 for a couple of years until I was 16 when I was told “painting wasn’t a real job”. I gave it up until about 12 years ago when I started dabbling, did a landscape painting course and painted small and rather controlled little landscapes.
I participated in several Art hobbyist courses and was fortunate enough to have a teacher who encouraged me to be wild and splash out. Today I do big landscapes, Australia’s a big country. Some of my art is abstract, some I just call "designs" colours design and texture vary according to my mood, spiritual state and finances.
I paint using acrylics (I am too impatient with oils) oil pastels and enamel. I also use posca paint pens for finer lines.
I paint because I love doing it, I am passionate about it. I carry an art journal with me to jot down my moments of inspiration, these can be a glint of water on rocks, imposing tree trunks and dead gnarled branches, the texture of sand after a wave leaves. I love visiting obscure galleries and checking out what other artists do and can be inspired by a certain brush stroke or lashings of paint. Then there are the times when I am quiet and just know what it is I need to put to canvas, I love those moments most of all. I believe that for me my spirit is the most important connection to my art and when I come from this place its when I produce my best work.
I love painting for others, I take their essence into my work and create from a space that knows and connects to them and again I produce pieces that are so very important to me and my relationship to them.
For more information and to view my art online check out my website at www.mikkicampbellart.com