My inspiration doesn’t only come from other artists it often comes from people I admire from all walks of life.
On Sunday I went to see The September Issue. I love high fashion, not because I want to wear it or can afford it but because it is a feast for the senses, a path to fantasy.
Grace Coddington, the creative director of American Vogue was my inspiration when I was a teenager looking at the fashion in English magazines and dreaming about what the future held. Now she produces the most beautiful fashion shots that like good art engage and transport us.
Grace Coddington modeling in British Vogue.
The quote below her image is one that I think all artists relate to. It is what makes my life as an artist so rewarding, the idea of living in the moment and being able to take in ones surroundings. There is never a chance to be bored.
This idea also came up in Peter Thompson’s interview with Greg Mortimer on Talking Heads last night. He said that when climbing you were in a state of heightened awareness and focused only on the present. He made me realize that climbing a mountain was the same sort of experience I have when making art (major epiphany). When asked if being the first Australian to conquer Everest was his major life experience he said that he believed that there is always something more exciting out there to come even in later life. Is this what drives us all to continue?