'Musicians Are My Muse'
‘EVERY PORTRAIT that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray.
When I started eight years ago painting portraits in earnest (c/f The Importance of Being Earnest) I was unaware then of the wisdom of Wilde’s words. They later struck a chord with me.
John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and so many others …I love them all. My broad taste in music is always playing as I paint in my Prestwick studio. The music infuses my thoughts as I work. Having performed regularly on the folk club circuit some years ago, I continue to play guitar. I covered songs of Dylan and Taylor and others.
“The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar Wilde.
I agree with Wilde only up to a point. My sitters/subjects are no accidents. They are my inspiration…my muse. Musicians are my muse. I reveal them, and they reveal me.