Inspiration – what is it exactly? I spent my academic life trying to answer those questions looking at the artists and art movements I studied. In academia that question is tricky to decipher – is it nurture or nature, political or social or cultural, all of the above, none of the above, and so on.
When you ask this question of a living artist, the answer is just as complex. Creatives are explorers. They’re an inquisitive lot. And they use their creative tools to make sense of their subject.Creatives are explorers. They're an inquisitive lot. And they use their creative tools to make sense of their subject. Click To Tweet
I’m inspired by nature – right now. For me when I make an illustration, I’m playing the role of visual botanist and wildlife biologist. I’m trying to make sense of what I see and how each of the parts relate to the whole.
The process is also inspiring – the how of recreating the third dimension on a 2-D surface. It’s exciting and scary at the same time (hello, inner critic – shouldn’t you be on your lunch break?!).
I also celebrate my subject by paying homage to its form and honor its place in the wild with in my interpretation.
And then there is the intangible motivation – we create because we can’t help ourselves. While I believe that talent is the ability to learn and perfect a skill (read more about that here), I know that the will to create is something we are all born with. It’s why we become immersed in our projects and time seems to stand still while we work.