I am a freelance writer by profession, but it was my exceptionally talented teenage daughter who reignited my passion for art. I have also found it to be one of the best forms of therapy available and something that helps me cope with emotional issues that would otherwise be overwhelming. Art is an escape, an outlet and a way of expressing on paper or canvas what one is unable to convey adequately in words. And that is what art is to me - freedom.
Since childhood, art has been a part-time hobby and over the years I have produced many drawings and paintings (primarily portraits and caricatures) for friends and family alone. The only thing that prevented me from following a career in art was the belief instilled into me by others that one could not make an adequate living from it. I now believe that the most important aspect of any career is truly enjoying what you do, regardless of income, and I am never happier than when I am painting, or hiking through the countryside gathering inspiration for my work.
In addition to specialising in photo-realistic portraits, I love creating scenes that evoke a feeling of total peace; stunning landscapes and forests, far-removed from the crowds, with only nature for company.
I use Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and Caran d'Ache Luminance Pencils for most of my portraits, but tend to work with watercolour, acrylics and pastels when painting any other subject. I am also fond of recycling old magazines, newspapers and junk mail into torn paper art, ‘hiding’ inspirational words within the picture.
I don’t always believe in looking for deep meaning behind a painting; only the artist knows what he or she meant when it was created, if at all. I don’t like to tell people what to see, because for everyone it will be different – and that’s the exciting part. Some friends have interpreted my paintings in ways that I hadn’t even considered and, strangely, there has been some validity in those analyses. I imagine that if ten people studied the meaning behind one of my paintings, they might all reach a different conclusion. Like a psychologist, maybe the art critic can tell me more about myself that I am currently aware! I am certain that elements of one’s current emotional state is translated onto the blank canvas.
I love experimenting and finding new ways of working with traditional media. Even though I have watched – and been impressed by – countless video tutorials, I inevitably end up doing it my own way.
My Other Websites
Child Suicide (dedicated to my late son, Kristian Mikhail Andersen) Chasing Death The website for my book, Chasing Death: Losing a Child to Suicide, which was published in October 2009.