Who is Leigh Dyson and what do you do?
I am a “late bloomer artist” as I have practiced graphic design with applied marketing for the last 28 years, conceptualising and designing campaigns from packaging to corporate CI’s, retail promotion and advertising. I was indoctrinated into the philosophy, as a young creative child, that “artist’s do not make money”, and so applied my born given creative talent of drawing to a more commercial career, being design. However in the last couple of months my love of design and the commercial industry has waned a little and I have found myself being drawn back (excuse the pun) to the artist in me. The works you see here are really all pieces reflecting my attempt at trying to find and establish my personal artist’s style or niche. I have a long way to go, but am enjoying every minute of charcoal or paint that touches the canvas.
How would you define your style or art?
I have yet to really define my style or art, but would venture an opinion of a keen drawing ability, coupled with an intense need to create pieces that people would want to have on their walls!
I am very comfortable and capable with a piece of charcoal, and am presently experimenting with my paint medium of choice, oils. But I have so much to learn and experience with paint, I am but a mere hatchling in this nest.
Living subject matters (people, animals) tend to interest me more than inanimate objects (still lives etc), as they have organic flow, movement and expression that go a long way to creating a mood or story.
What inspires your work?
Other amazing contemporary artists out there, and there are so many! While I have studied the historical greats many moons ago, and they are masters, I find new and fresh talents more inspiring.
Nature inspires me, the organic characteristics of the human face and form fascinate me. Colour and it’s innate qualities to depict light, shade, shadow and form proves a challenge that is not so easily translated, but keeps me hooked and hopeful that I too one day will find my own palette of hues that are sublime and sought after.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently teaching myself about the qualities of oil paints and experimenting with mixing them with charcoal and other mediums. I have no defined goal at present other than to enjoy the artistic process that includes frustration, failed attempts and then unexpected fantastic results that I celebrate with much enthusiasm . All work at present is for my own visual consumption, with a plan to one day (hopefully before I am dead) be able to enjoy knowing that my art is out there in the world being looked at by an appreciative audience.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
WOW! Follow your heart, your true talent. LOVE what you do and the money will come. The minute it feels like a job, STOP and re-evaluate as you are not doing what you are destined to do and will never taste true success. Be true to you, never compromise, no matter how difficult that may make your life! Big philosophy that I have only just learnt the truth of ;].
Where can our readers follow your work?
My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/leighdysonart