The fire to create is what makes you an artist…
Born in Wales and now painting in Canada. Peter Farmer is an artist who has worked hard at honing his skills. There are no corners cut here! How refreshing to meet a painter who can actually paint! He has respect for his craft. His work is varied and thoughtful. It has always been a treat for me to look at his art.
This is someone to look out for!
Here’s the interview:
TSP: Why do you do what you do?
PF: I paint because I am afraid to die. I believe through painting I can live forever. The images I paint carry emotions, loves and fears in them and that’s all we are really. A set of emotions bundled together in body. Our bodies die but paintings don’t.
TSP: What is the best part of your job?
PF: As painter you can provide this immortality to anyone who wants it. Watching a person’s tears of joy as they see their lost parent, grandparent or friend again is the most fulfilling experience I think I could ever feel. The ability to create a monument to someones life, a symbol of undying love between lovers or preserving the beauty of youth as we get older and older is a powerful and precious thing to people. I am very lucky to be part of that.
TSP: Do you have a particular experience you’d like to share with us?
PF: When I was younger I met a professional artist I respected very much. He was interested in my artwork and he asked me to bring my portfolio over to his studio. I eagerly did and was looking for some form of praise seeing that’s what my friends and family had done in the past. When he looked at my work he was less than impressed and proceeded to tell me I was far from being a talented painter. Shocked, embarrassed and angry it lit a fire in my belly that pushed me to work day after day to be better and better until I had the confidence to stand in front of him with my artwork again. He told looked at my work and was happy with what he saw. The work looking back was still novice and technically I had much to learn. But the fire to create is what makes you an artist. If you don’t have that fire you will never perfect your art and you will never be good painter.
TSP: If you could go back in time to when you were 20 years old and give yourself some advice – what would it be?
PF: Trust your gut feelings. Don’t listen to your common sense. Your gut feeling is closer to the truth because it includes all aspects of the situation and how you feel about it. Rationalizing something often removes how you feel about the situation. Which removes you from what you really want and need.
TSP: What do you feel is the greatest lack in the world?
PF: I think Roger Scruton explains this best in “Why Beauty Matters”. Please watch this. You will be happy you did. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiajXQUppYY
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
PF: A spiritual person is an honest person. Following one’s heart in the truest to find enlightenment. That’s what I think all religions try to teach.
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