As people so often ask me this question I presume it’s their way of trying to understand the process of creating art, as well as a way of calculating in their own minds the value of the work.
It’s not how it looks
We generally live in a very materialistic and linear world, so it makes sense to try to comprehend a work of art in the same way that one would use to assess how long a plumber spends on a job or how many hours a lawyer or accountant takes to complete a project.
Obviously, we need to consider the skill of the work and the years of study, training and experience that all contribute to the overall result of a service, but, in deciding on the value of something as subjective and intangible as a work of art, we also need to factor in how it makes us feel.
What a painting does for you
The purpose of art, in its truest sense, is to uplift our souls and to remind us of beauty, order, ‘rightness’, loveliness and the loftier, spiritual things of a human life. Ideally, when we look at a painting, it should make us feel more inspired, more elevated and generally better and happier within ourselves.
Just like most artists, my heart and soul go into every single painting, with the intention that you will be able to sense this integrity, calm and inspiration. If you resonate with its images, colours, textures and its sense of space and light, you should then, ideally, feel restored and energised every time you look at it.
As a result, whenever I’m asked me how long a painting took me to do, I consider the wealth of my life’s experience, the purity of my intentions and the joy of my creative spirit – and I answer that it has taken me my whole life to be able to create work in this way!