What inspires me to paint what I paint? | Fine art

By Jeff Dillon | December 20, 2022 | All Posts

What inspires me to paint the subjects that I do? The world is full of stunning and beautiful things, and I am particularly drawn to painting landscapes, birds, and animals. These subjects inspire me to create art that captures their beauty and brings it to life on canvas.

#244 – Triumphant
Original Work By Jeff Dillon

When I create landscape paintings, I aim to capture the feeling of standing at a specific location and experiencing a moment of contemplation or reflection. Nature is a constant source of creativity and inspiration, and I try to bring out the colours, textures, and movement of the landscape in my work. Canada, with its diverse range of landscapes including mountains, grasslands, forests, coastlines, and even Arctic regions, is a particularly inspiring place to me. However, other locations around the United States, Europe, and the world are also breathtaking and offer endless possibilities for artistic representation. One of the things I love most about landscape painting is the way it can evoke memories and emotions in those who view it. Hearing the stories and memories shared by my followers and collectors is a truly heartwarming experience.

As I picked up my brush and started to paint, I found myself drawn to birds, particularly bluejays. These vibrant creatures held a special meaning for me, serving as a representation of my dear father who had passed on. He had once told me that he would come back as a bluejay, and ever since then, I couldn’t help but notice an abundance of these birds flitting about.

But my artistic journey didn’t stop there. I also began to paint owls, creatures that my mother always said reflected my personality. One of my paintings, titled “Queen of the Forest,” caught the attention of many and sparked a passion within me to create even more pieces dedicated to owls and other birds. There was something about their delicate bodies, piercing gazes, and stunningly colourful feathers that simply mesmerized me. And so, I continued to paint, captivated by the beauty and intrigue of these winged wonders.

As an artist, I am deeply inspired by the beauty and majesty of the animal kingdom. From regal lions and polar bears to playful squirrels and sly foxes, I have spent countless hours creating art that captures the essence of these creatures. My portfolio includes a variety of animals, including wolves, moose, chimpanzees, tigers, leopards, horses, rams, otters, cats, and dogs. One of the things I love most about painting animals is the way they seem to look directly at the viewer, as if they are trying to communicate something deep and profound. There is something truly special about that connection, and it’s something I try to capture in every piece I create.

But animals aren’t just about making direct eye contact. Sometimes, I paint them with a sense of introspection, as if they are lost in thought and contemplating the same things we do when we look out at the landscape. I like to think that this adds a layer of depth and meaning to my work, and helps to create a sense of connection between the viewer and the subject.

As for my own background, my family has a rich Celtic heritage, with roots in both Ireland and Scotland. The Celts were known for drawing inspiration from nature in their artwork, and I feel fortunate to be able to carry on this tradition in my own way. Whether I’m painting animals, trees, or other elements of the natural world, I always try to capture the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

As I stand before my canvas, brush in hand, I often find myself pondering the question of why I have yet to paint people. The truth is, I haven’t really given it much of a chance. When I first began my journey as an artist, I did attempt a few pieces featuring human subjects, mostly practicing faces in monochromatic tones. But as time has passed, I have come to focus more on exploring the bond that exists between humans and the animal kingdom.

I believe that all creatures, no matter their species, share a common desire for love, care, and respect. It is this universal connection that I strive to capture in my work. And while I do appreciate the beauty and skill involved in creating portraits of people, for now I am content to continue exploring this deeper, more meaningful theme in my art. Perhaps one day I will return to the subject of human figures, but for now I am content to focus on this important aspect of the natural world.

Thank you very much for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it and found it interesting. I am grateful for your time and attention.


Jeff Dillon

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