I love interviewing artists about how they got started as an artist. It's always interesting to see where they began until now. They kept practicing, never gave up and in the end, became a better artist.
Our next feature is Denise Walker (MrsRatBag) who was hooked on art since she was a teenager.
How has art changed your life?
As a teenager it was my escape; I locked myself in my room and painted for hours with music playing, dreaming of being a starving artist in a Paris attic. As a young adult, it was how I worked through learning the mysteries of life as a grown-up. Finally as a mature adult it is how I gain understanding of the vast reach of the beauty of nature and my place in the world. Trying to share what I see is a real challenge sometimes, and the feeling when I connect is indescribable.
What is it about art that you love?
I love the blending of so many layers of meaning in an image, far beyond the subject matter to the colour palette, the clarity, the textures, the subtleties of the composition and the impact of the overall mood. Nothing is ever as simple as it might seem at first glance, and that gives me great joy! If you've gone through my gallery you can see that I spend a lot of time photographing the animals at a small local zoo, and connecting with the big cats. [That is] the most rewarding feeling I can imagine. I love capturing them revealing things about themselves that go beyond the usual tiger-in-his-habitat snapshot.
What does art mean to you?
Art means life--if I couldn't fall in love with the way light falls through a tree, the subtle shift of colours on a blossom or a cascade of raindrops caught in a spider web then there wouldn't be any point in me going on.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
The first time I picked up a paintbrush and lost myself in the wash of color I was a goner...discovering that I can do even more with the medium of camera has been a delightful journey, and I don't think I'm anywhere close to reaching the end of that.
Check out her gallery to view more of her artwork here.