Writing an Artist's Statement

Art is a language. One that everyone uses, some daily. I, as an artist, use it to communicate and explore; both my own ideas and those of others. I believe that people don’t need to consciously understand every piece of art but subconsciously form a strong connection to it.

Thought I'd add that first to give you a taste of what this blog post is about. Writing an artist statement is very important to every artist. The simplest use is helping people understand what your art is all about, what makes you tick, what makes your art so special. In a more tangible sense: why should I buy your art? It can also help you build relationships with galleries, POD companies, private collectors, and other artists! All in all, extremely handy thing to have. 

So how the hell do you write one??? Well, this comes from years of experience of talking and writing about my art in various contexts (and no, I'm not bragging). I'll add in a few links at the end that you can check out as well

The first thing you want to do is pinpoint your inspiration. There can be loads of little things but try to distill it into one 'main' concept. If you paint dog portraits, then your main inspiration would be dogs; their relationships with their owners, their lives....etc. Whatever it is, try and look through your older work, compare with your newer work and find a connection between them. 

Now, this really isn't easy, especially if you're just starting out but I'll tell you how I found mine. When I was looking at my older work and my newer work, I remembered the memory associated with each piece. A song, a stressful event, a happy one, or even just an image. I have a really bad memory so I was amazed that I remembered these memories so clearly. And then I realized that it was the emotions behind each of these memories that only engraved the memory in my mind but drove the painting as well. I'm a little embarrassed to say this but it took me quite a while to realize that it was these emotions that were the tying factor of all my work. Of course, those few still lifes and weird experiments may not tie into this but the skills learned through them helped lead to a piece that did! 

I then developed this even further: how did the paintings show the emotions that began them. Well, they cant. Not literally! But I realized that through my practices I was trying to viscerally trying to make the viewer feel the same way. I was visually conveying what I could not say in words either because I could not physically talk to them or I simply did not have the words! I was (and still am) using art as a language. This led to my artist statement above and my entire brand. 

Your main factor can actually be a significant part of you. Art always takes a little out of the artist, not necessarily in a bad way! Whether you know it or not you're putting a little bit of what makes you you, into the piece. The key is to develop the 'main factor' into something that almost everybody would understand. Of course, this then gives your fans a new lense to look at your art through and they will probably connect even more to it!

I know this some really vague advice! Check out the links below and hopefully it will make more sense:




Do you have more questions? Want to share you're own statement? Comment below or message me through the contact page!!


Managing my Blog

I haven't been blogging for long but I thought I'd show you guys how I organise it! I definitely recommend blogging, it a great way to bring traffic to your website and let people into the inner workings of your business! 

So here goes; its worked for me so far: 

1. As soon as I have an idea or I've read an article about blogging, I add them to my list! It's really great when I have absolutely no ideas for the week's post. I'm not a great writer so this is really helpful


2. I then create the post, add in the basic details like a title, category and tags. If I already have an idea of where the post is going, Ill make some notes and add in the pictures I want to include. It helps set the structure of it so I can continue writing.  


3. Using an iPad app called Over, I create a 'main image' which is what will be posted on social media with a link as well. I try to include the title so it doesn't neccesarily need a caption. 


4. And finally, I put in all the text. Again, I'm not a great writer so I really try to make it flow and make it helpful. 

5. Squarespace allows people to place posts under draft, review or schedule it. So after the post is complete, it goes in for a review. This just means that I'll check back in a few days with a fresh perspectives to look for any typos or structure mistakes.  

6. The post is then scheduled for the a week. It's usually a few weeks in advance because I like writing multiple posts in advance so I don't have to worry about it. It also allows me to make changes in case I change my mind later!


Is there anything different you do? Let me know! 


Packaging Paintings

Alright, here's how I package my paintings and prints for shipping! So far, none have been damaged in the process but I don't tend to send paintings outside of Europe so they don't spend that much time in the packaging.  

The Thank you Cards: 

Ive always included a thank you message with a few business cards in my packages. To the recipient, it adds a personal touch and encourages them to recommend my website to their friends. The business cards means that they have to put in minimal effort to recommend me! Which works better than asking them to do so in the invoice etc.  


The Invoice: 

Im lucky because Squarespace automates my payment without doing much on my end. However, even though this happenes automatically, I try to keep in touch with my clients when I'm creating. This way, we are both happy with the result of the commission (or delivery of an original).  


If the order doesn't go through my website then I will simply send over the invoice through email. This details each product (and their prices), any discounts, shipping details and payment details. This is simpler than sending over a hard copy cause they can print this or save it to their own records.  


Packaging the Pieces: 

I usually send paintings and commissions in a Versandrolle (a cardboard tube, basically). I take them off the frames and roll them with wax paper (unless they're varnished). This along with the thank you card goes in the tube and off it goes. It's usually cheaper than trying to keep the heavy wooden frame and most of my paintings are so large that sending them through post with the frame would cost a fortune! Of course, taking it off the frame is simple, you just take the staples in the back out. 

The paintings on card are sent in a envelope and the ones on wood are just wrapped in wax paper and thick brown paper so they surface isn't damaged.  


Anything else that you do, and I should be doing? Let me know! 


Planning my Instagram

So, recently I started an Instagram account for my art! It's been a really great source of inspiration and, of course, it allows my art to be seen by more people. I put a little planning ito this as I still haven't found a scheduling app/service that works for me. So here's how I manually plan my feed!

I generally photograph all my work and processes and I put these in a folder. I can then look at these images and group them by project, series, technique etc. I then use Layout (an app associated with Instagram) to organize these photographs into a grid that can be visually followed. I'm quite new to this but let me know if it 'makes sense' to you!

A 9 day plan

A 9 day plan

Im trying to introduce some variety to my feed as I think that only 'final' pieces make the feed a little monotonous. It also gives my followers a chance to understand my art and my thought processes as I create. Currently, I post: finals, displays, details, workbook pages, and experimental pieces. 



I also use Layout to create a composition of details or works so I can compare or display them together.  



To create the "display" photos, I use a web-app called Wall Art. It's pretty limited as you only have a few situations to choose from and you simply place your painting. But for now, its working quite well!  


I would love some suggestions 'cause I really have no idea what I'm doing! And if you have any scheduling apps/services, please comment them below!