I really love to paint. Creating and working the imagination is both fascinating
and freeing, but I really enjoy the process of painting --holding a brush in my hands
and applying the paint to canvas. It’s a tactile experience I cannot duplicate with
digital creations. I feel the same way about creating something out of wood. Half
the pleasure is in feeling the wood grain in my hands as I manipulate it. Manipulating
paint to make something recognizable from mere pigment on a flat surface is itself
amazing. Making something that can touch the human heart can be nothing less than
a miracle. Not always successful with that, but I keep trying.
Being an artist means living a life full of strong emotions and deep appreciation
of the world we live in. Developed powers of observation allows one to see deeply
into the ordinary and the extraordinary, to marvel at the details of our world and
to see their potential in myriad forms. But with that experience comes the need to
share the wonder that artists see in the world, to share our vision of what is --and
what is possible.
As the years have gone by, I have better learned how to achieve that goal, to instill
in the capture of a scene the emotion of the moment. When I succeed in doing that,
I feel I have given birth to the true essence of the artwork, the thing that makes
it more than just a pattern of paint on canvas. It becomes much more than just the
sum of its parts but almost has a life of its own. And on those rare occasions,
it becomes something that transcends everyday human existence and forces us to stop,
ponder, and lose ourselves in the art.
We need artists of all types today more than ever before. I find that true creativity
and originality is in short supply and too many of us allow ourselves to be caught
up in the rapid-paced, electronic-driven world that demands instantaneous gratification
and mass appeal at the expense of quality and true insight. I love technology and
I freely use it as a tool to achieve my goals. But we should not be driven by the
Most of my paintings are in traditional oils, fast-drying oils called alkyds, or
in acrylics. Virtually all of my photography is created with digital cameras as they
give me maximum creative control in producing a final print that truly represents
my vision. I generally like to paint with a loose, impressionistic style that conveys
what I am feeling more than what I am seeing. And yes, I really do love to paint!
-- Bob Bickers