The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not the goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning. Wassily Kandinsky

Over the past weekend, at the Eastside Culture Crawl, over 850 enthusiastic art-lovers came through Octopus Studios, where I have my shared studio space. I talked to many people about how I make my artwork; how I create the actual physical piece they see before them.

I am often asked, what is the technique in creating the artwork? What is it? Is it photography? a painting? how do you make it? The mind seems to have a need to know how something has come into being.

Almost without exception questions regarding my artwork centre on technique first, and content, second. I’m happy to answer these questions as I know it is the first step in creating some meaning for the viewer of the artwork.

Once people are satisfied in this regard, they can move into the core of my purpose in creating the art — communicating an expression of lived experience.


Image: “Pink Garden”, Ellen Scobie