Short Thoughts – The Mature Artist – A Definition

In a previous post I introduced the topic of ‘The Mature Artist’. Since then I’ve been asked specifically what that means to me, which prompted me to attempt a definition. Here it is. I dare say I’ll update this as time passes!

“I think a mature artist is one who has critically evaluated themselves and their art over a long period of time. Someone who has maintained their art practice under various conditions and pressures, both internal and external. Someone who can speak with clarity and sensitivity through the art they make, where they have developed a strong personal language that warmly invites investigation and mutual sharing. Someone inspirational, not because of what they have achieved, but because they are the ‘real deal’.”

Artist Lee Gascoyne in the studio preparing encaustic panels with a heat gun

In the studio adding layers of encaustic to panels – image courtesy of Rory Garforth Photography

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