Art began for me in a unique place --- my crib. Now, as hard as that might be to believe, it's true. The crib was my Art Studio, and the wall next to my crib was my canvas. Somehow I was able to sneak into the crib my collection of color crayons. The wall to me was a vast expanse of creative possibilities. And so I went to work on it. To me, that wall had become a work of art. Not so for my Uncle who owned the house. He (and everyone else who glanced at the wall) could not see what I saw. And so I was put on crayon restriction. But I was not going to be held back from my journey into art. I may have lost my crayons for a season, but I did have my Play Dough, which I put to use right away. With the Play Dough I would create these little baseball players, and a variety of animal looking things. But I missed my crayons! I was so frustrated as the Winter of my restriction seemed to last forever. But finally my Winter turned to Spring, and my crayons were returned. Sensing that the seed of creativity was already beginning to bloom, my Mom would bring home rolls of blank paper for me to draw on. And so, armed once again with my crayons, I went to work on new and exciting masterpieces. The journey had begun . . . .
Now, why would I bring up my early experiences with art within my Artist Statement? Mainly because what stirred within me at this early age, still stirs within me today in an even greater way. What I desired most all as a child was to bring to life those things that I valued most; baseball and all types of animal critters. Today that is the foundation I seek to build upon in every painting, and design I create. It's the passion within me to bring to life the beauty of God's creation in my own unique and personal style. What thrills me most, is to actually be drawn into my art, in such a way that I can walk along a path and feel the breeze, smell the scent of dew drenched pines, hear the songbirds chirping their joy for another beautiful day, and to watch the wildlife as they watch me. My ultimate goal is to use all of my God-given senses, abilities, and desires to create, to actually experience the world that grows with each stroke of my paintbrush. As you browse through my artwork, it will be quite clear that the theme of my work centers around wildlife, and the habitat that they call their home. You will also notice artwork that is inspired by the Word of God. My love for the Bible, and it's many powerful Scripture verses have unleashed unlimited possibilities to create what God inspires within me.
All Design, & Artwork Including Traditional & Digital Painting by Rick Wooten