That’s a question I find difficult to answer.
I usually end up muttering and burbling until I can see a kind of glazed expression come over the enquirer.
The truth is, I do and have done LOTS of kinds of art. The style, medium, colour and expression changes as I change. I used to envy people who could say succinctly “I do watercolours of poodles, or “I am an abstract oil painter”. It sounds so tidy and definite, like the people who could say, “I want to be a lawyer/dentist/ballet dancer” when they were fifteen and then go ahead and become one. My path has always been much wobblier and I suspect rather more fun!
Now, perhaps a little late in the day as my fifties beckon, I am able to come out and proud and say my art is eclectic; it responds to who I am at the time and to what resources are available. If I had been a particular type of artist, I would not have been free to travel, if my creativity was dependent on particular materials and studio space I would still be where I was. As it transpired my art has adjusted to suitcase life and I have developed techniques using sketchbooks, photography and digital enhancing. I love it, but I’m sure it will evolve into something else when this phase of my life changes.
One of the things I have learned is that letting the medium lead me has a wisdom of it’s own, that I in my thinking, busy brain do not possess. When I look back over some of my stages I can see they clearly express things that were out of my conscious awareness. The clearest example of this was when I was at college and got passionately into etching. The trouble was that my images were dark and brooding and reflected an eerie shadow side of myself. I was really quite frightened by this, my life was happy, or so I urgently maintained, yet who was this dark yet rather fascinating side of myself that loomed up and would not be ignored.
It was only late when I studied psychology and learned about Jung and the wisdom of the shadow that my conscious mind caught up with what my unconscious mind had known for some time. It was right too, I was in an increasingly unhappy relationship and their were many family issues that required courage and change.From then I learned to trust the wisdom of creativity, and not to overly concern myself with what it meant. Maybe it has deep learnings and I will understand them in time, maybe it just makes the world a bit more interesting and beautiful, both are fine with me.
Here are some of the media and styes I have worked with (so far!)
Watercolour, figurative, large abstract acrylic canvas, pen and ink line drawing, silk painting,collaborative works, paper layer, etching, mosaic,murals, lino cut, fairy tale illustration, self-portrait, polymer clay mosaic tiles, stained glass, sound sculpture, collage, altered books, shrine making, sculpture, assemblage, decoupage, furniture decorating, commissioned photo books, photography, mandalas, photo manipulation and layering, poster and post card design.