“Your painting….just makes me happy.” I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to hear these words from my followers. You won’t find any deep, dark secrets in any of my paintings…no political messages…no hidden meanings. Okay, maybe the odd hidden meaning.
I love to create pieces that bring joy, whether it’s through colour and thick, rich texture, or just the scene itself. Someone asked me the other day why I like to use such bold and saturated colour, and I said, “Because that’s the way I see things!” We are bombarded with negativity on the news, social media, even in many of the shows we watch. So, I want to “bombard” people with positivity, energy, and happiness.
I painted “Kit Kat on King” (above), a scene from Toronto’s entertainment district, on Canada Day weekend ⎼ my own little piece of Canadiana. There is something people love about seeing their hometown or a familiar place on a canvas. It tends to evoke happy memories ⎼ your parents taking you out for dinner downtown, or perhaps crazy nights out with friends when you were carefree in your 20s. Everyone sees something different.
Are paintings that convey an entire, meaningful story important? Yes, absolutely! Do paintings need to have a story behind them in order to be considered worthy? I don’t think so. When someone can look at a painting and come up with their own story…that’s pretty cool. And, sometimes it’s great to hang a piece on your wall that just makes you happy.
Special Thanks to Michelle Jursa for this post.
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