I often get asked what inspires me to create art….that isn’t as easy to answer as you might think!
The ocean, lighthouses, boats, and local history, flora and fauna all inspire me.
I find inspiration from many things – the ocean view from my studio, architecture found in historic city centres, wildlife, flowers, and the list goes on. Simply put, I can be inspired by ANYTHING I see.
Beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder. Everyone is drawn to different subjects, styles, colours….the beauty in artwork is closely linked to its ability to elicit an emotional response in the viewer. It is the artist’s ability to communicate feelings through their imagery that makes art beautiful. For me, I convey rhythm, balance, and harmony through the use of colour and realism to create artwork that will please the senses.
There’s always more than meets the eye.
I caught on to this concept through early fascination with close detail. At first glance, finer details often go unnoticed by casual observers, but my keen eye locked onto the smaller things. Upon discovery, these intricate compositions became the subject for a vast number of my portfolio pieces. It was a natural inclination to pursue biology, and with the completion of my Masters in Science in 1997. The combination of biology and art was a successful pairing. I could observe detail and paint it.
MACROWE by Brenda Rowe
A body of work emerged that focused on the macro view of subjects. I would zoom in on specific areas of interest within the subject knowing I could translate these areas into compositions on larger canvases using paint. This process of enlarging smaller parts of subject allows for a new interpretation of subject that would be otherwise hidden from the viewer’s eye.
Often, my work cannot be contained by conventional scale. There’s a pleasant play on canvas sizes – sometimes a small flower or candy blown up to disproportionate scale on larger canvases, while larger scenes may be shrunk to be suspended in smaller frames.
My intent is for the viewer to experience subjects through my eyes, whether it is a detailed, cropped perspective of an everyday or common subject, or an image that displays two varied views in different lighting conditions. The macro views and image duality in my work is calculated. I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected. An ironic twist to images or things you might expect. I want to provoke a viewer to new and perhaps unexplored territories.
I want to evoke emotions in my audience and inspire them in some way, just as I’ve been inspired!