There are many talented artists who receive little or no recognition for their work and have few places to showcase same, so the “Arts from the Darkness” website and Facebook Fan Page of the same name, and owner Jo Budd have paired to showcase their endeavours.
“I’ve been an artist for twenty years or more, and I’m still trying to find and hone my style. I guess that’s what art is all about, finding who you are, what you feel, and how to express those thoughts. Almost like a personal journey where everyone has a unique destination, only it doesn’t ever end.
There’s definitely a psychological component; developing an art style is to develop yourself. Through mine, I realized how much I appreciated the way someone could capture the true reality and realness of a subject, but then morph it into their own reality; a reflection of their own thoughts. I like realism and surrealism because it is sort of like looking into a mirror, to me. A contemplation of what I truly see when I look at the world around me, reflected back from the eyes of the unique artist. Sometimes I can understand how they think and sometimes I have to ponder what they are trying to say and put myself in their reality (something I naturally do with everyone in life as a form of empathy). Clearly, I’m a pensive kind of person, and it comes out in my art.
The perfectionist in me tries to see things for what they are with all of their specific details, yet I’m a dreamer with a brain going non-stop. So, I like to portray what I see, including my own worlds (when I’m not painstakingly trying to capture the realism and the truth of a subject). I started developing my techniques by practicing what I was good at until I was either comfortable enough or uncomfortable enough to introduce something new to work with. As with life, sometimes you have to try new things and make new decisions to see if you like it and are good at it.
I started with graphite, trying to draw and sketch realistically. I found my strong point of shading, which really made my pieces look closer to reality, in my own mind. I was wary of using colors and swore I wouldn’t be any good at manipulating them, but I took a risk and started working with colored pencil. I found I flourished and excelled at using colors, especially with my abilities to use proper shading.
My pieces (and I) were starting to grow into my developing style. From there, I was terrified of paints, but with guidance from my art teachers (and Bob Ross episodes), I again found that these tools helped me to mold my becoming style. So, for years I’ve been exploring ways of creating what I see or want to see, and what I think and feel using mediums that can portray these ideas the way I see fit.
Art is for everyone, it just takes some real self- reflection and experimentation to find what best expresses your reflections. Then, just go with it and see where it takes you. You’ll learn about yourself as you learn about your pieces.”
Lillie is 25 and lives in the Southern United States.