Why I paint
I am a self-taught artist. I paint as a form of spiritual communion, something that comes from deep within me. Paradoxically, though, making my art commercially viable has actually increased my creative output.
Contemporary spiritual art
There are four main themes: energy, creation, soulmates and self-portraits.
Energy: for potentiality, shown in the raw or more recognisably as dance or movement.
Creation:energy takes form; includes my take on spiritual geometry.
Soulmates: the essence binding all sentients from separate beings to merged souls.
Self-portraits: occasional, reflecting specific times in my life and in my spiritual journey.
I love cartoons as an art form. Mine is branded as Wise El. Wise El and friends provide a more accessible and often humorous angle to my spiritual art. Whereas the fine art tends to be multi-layered and very colourful, these are mostly pared down lines with a splash of colour.
What is my process and how do I create my art
I have two differing styles: layers of colour blanketing the canvas in my fine art, and line drawings with a splash of colour in my cartoon art. I choose not to separate these art forms because the basic message is the same for both – just told from a different perspective.
My style and unique approach
Though the styles are completely different, my work is both unique and recognisable. When I paint, I either start with a drawn image, or have a feast with colour manipulated straight on the canvas, letting that process dictate the outcome.
Assessing my work
My work can be described as colourful, abstract, energetic, humorous, thought-provoking, powerful. I enjoy creating in both styles and seem to need the balance. However, the fine art is more cathartic and hypnotic to both do and to look at. When a fine artwork is progressing well, I can sense higher energy forms almost begin to emerge from the piece. As if the essence within the colour is beginning to take form. So what might look like an abstract to others, is much more tangible to me. That has become a pattern in virtually all my fine art, unless I am working to a specific theme. While the end results change, the model has been fairly consistent over the years. I do have favourite colours but my palette is wide-ranging. Life events tend to lighten or darken the finished work.
Now the metaphysical bit
My inspiration is wrestling with spiritual concepts. This is my entire reason for living although seeking the spiritual in art is nothing new. In my life and work, my intention is to tune in to a higher level, one of vibrational frequencies, essences and particles – the mystical underpinning of reality – in order to create a more fulfilling human existence. Yet, at a human level, we cannot really know, and even scientists theorise! My interpretation, through my art, manifests as shapes, colours and forms. Others may see the same or may react to the shapes and colours on a more instinctive level, according to their personal beliefs.
The cartoons, on the other hand, come from a much more pragmatic or mundane perspective.
Both art forms are a kind of spiritual discipline. They are products of my spiritual beliefs. They try and say what words cannot adequately express – that we are all one in the Great Everything, each particle of spiritual energy charged with its own creative power and will. Opposites may attract but they also repel; like remains with like in the longer term, hence the merging of particles in the soulmate images, their essences blending in harmony on an unseen dimension.
I have given titles to all my pieces. They describe what I see. Some prefer their own interpretations; others have a kind of synaesthesia – viewing with one sensory pathway but experiencing with another. With spiritual art, it does not matter how the piece is viewed or named. That is the whole point – how it connects with the individual.