Artist Statement

Fine Art, Graphic Design & Photography

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
~ Buddha

I enjoy using watercolour because of the incredible range of colour and tones you can produce.  Watercolor is not the most difficult medium to use, but it is the most difficult medium to "master," and by a master, I mean having enough control over it to achieve any effect you want.  Watercolour has a life of its own. The paint does its own thing and makes its statement after you put it on the paper. I think the hardest part is to let go, resist the urge to try to control too much, and just let it dance for you.  But, I’ve had to be a little oblivious and hard-headed to persevere through all the watercolour challenges and critics.  As one respected artist stated, ‘don’t judge your work until you have done over 100 images’.  

When I begin a piece of work, I start with a vague idea of what I hope to achieve and immediately start planning. After I have something down, I begin the process of reacting and responding to what I have begun. I believe the process of making art comes from my exposure and experiences from life.  My first recollections of a drawing are of my parents handing me a pencil and some paper and telling me to, ‘be seen…Not hear’ during friends and family visits.  It was an excellent tactic to keep me quiet for the duration an extended visit.  With not much around a young boy would find of interest to look at, I often used our imaginations to invent scenarios that we would illustrate and extravagant.  Since we lived in the rural country, an evening visit could last hours, and I spent a good portion of my life sitting and listening while drawing.  Not only did the hours of illustrating my ideas affect how I do work today, I believe that the stories my parents and family friends told also had a significant influence in how I began to relate to the world.  My father often used stories to elaborate points he was making in his stories.  It seemed that everything in life could be understood through the use of emotional stories. Then and still today, I find that my work is inherently narrative. While I don't have a single story in mind when creating my work, many of my pieces come from my observations of the world around me as I interpret them. I begin with an idea, and then let the stories my pieces evolve and grow as I create them.

I continue to explore and attempt to create images which tell a story and evoke some emotions with the use of colour.  Learning to understand and develop my nitch has been the most difficult challenge to overcome.  

Check out my gallery for a full review of my artwork collection.  

Mike Moyer
Artist & Creative Designer