Steve Slimm - Artist Statement

Welcome to my websiteThere are times in my life when I really wonder what I’m doing. I expect you can relate to that. There are also times when life seems to be a breeze, and everything’s going my way. I expect you can relate to that too.   And then there are times when that unfathomable presence of Life with a capital L washes over me in transparent waves of tingling delight, enhanced by warm anticipation of the next gossamer-like moment when I breathe again the deep and heady draft of liquid sunshine. I suspect you might relate to this too. But whether you do or not, I’m building this website in an attempt to share something of Life’s sublime moments regularly experienced – especially for those in whom that might be slow in coming forward. My words are related to it, as is my music, and of course my art. 

For years I struggled with the fact that I didn’t seem interested in painting places that bore much resemblance to actual locations. And yet they did appear to. And even when, as a landscape artist, I painted on location, getting down the details, I still wanted to paint them out. What was wrong with me? I was almost ashamed of creating artwork in my studio that seemed somehow ingenuine, unauthentic. It wasn’t until I realised my fans and collectors actually loved this about the work, that I began to relax with the idea that I don’t paint places – I paint feelings. I paint the intimacy that exists between the observer and the thing closely observed – yet without actually looking. Maybe this is what they mean by ‘the eyes of the heart’?

 

For me everything is about feeling. And when I say feeling, I don’t mean anything that expresses a feeling finely, like paintings of angels or fairies. To me that’s more about sensationalism. This innate feel of Life, which courses through our consciousness like the lifeblood of our inner core cannot be depicted  sentimentally. It cannot be translated into planned and well thought-out finely-crafted expressions of artistic ability. No way! The throb of Life remains unspeakable in any language. Thus it is that I try my best to get my mind and its ideas out of  their own way. So as to let the pulse of Life speak for and of itself through what I paint and write and play. For me now, this is the only way I can do anything. It’s not a talent I possess, but an ability to disappear for a while – then come back later to see what Life has done by my hand.

I told you this was difficult to put into words. Anyway, I’ve done my best. The rest is up to you. I hope you enjoy the site.

Steve 😉

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