Artist Spotlight: Peter Goodhall
I am motivated by my desire to capture interesting and appealing images with careful observation and wanting to share those observations.
The purpose of the artist spotlight is to bring awareness to notable artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. The art world constantly expresses its thoughts on canvas and other visual mediums based on culture, politics, and social commentary. I am continually looking for people who inspire me in this world with their artistic expression. I hope you enjoy these great artists' artwork and support them. Now let me introduce the artist that we are going to be spotlighting today!
Would you please tell everyone your name?
How would you describe your art?
My paintings have always been both representational and realistic, covering a range of subjects. The degree of realism may seem to vary upon closer inspection. My painting technique can vary and is determined by the subject matter. Sometimes the whole surface is created using layers of meticulous blending of pigment-rich paint, which creates a rich, luminous effect and the power of the image is the key. Other times my paintings can be quite intricately painted using just a small brush to achieve plenty of detail.
I paint in oils on linen canvas, often on a large scale aiming to create interesting and dramatic centre piece paintings. I usually divide my paintings into two categories, my large up close waterscapes, I feel, are my more contemporary paintings whilst other marine paintings have a more traditional feel to them. I guess that can be put down to the subject matter because sometimes these paintings have strong historical influences and narrative interest. I do love a bit of research in preparation for a painting.
What motivates you to create art?
I am motivated by my desire to capture interesting and appealing images with careful observation and wanting to share those observations. I always have a selection of new paintings and ideas going around in my head.
Who inspires your artistic creativity?
I have been inspired by so many that have gone before me. The list changes but invariably comes back to what inspires me rather than who, and it is that desire to create images that evoke passion and a skill for painting a subject that I am drawn to.
When did you know that you wanted to become an artist?
I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember and was always encouraged. Creating occupied so much of my time as a youngster, art college seemed the next logical step, followed by a lifelong career as an artist. It just happened!
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming an artist?
My advice is only to paint what you are interested in and know. Without that, something will be missing.