I found some of my childhood paintings the other day. They were stored away in a dusty corner of my parents’ garage. I figured you might like to see them. They aren’t masterpieces, but they are invaluable to me as they represent the start of my lifelong journey at the easel.
I always find it interesting to see an artist’s early work. Especially the early work of the top masters. It makes you realize that we all start as beginners.
Although these were painted some 20 years ago, I remember painting each of them quite clearly. They have this almost timeless quality to me.
With this moody seascape, I was experimenting with ideas of drama and emotion. This was my first attempt at Impressionism before I knew it was a thing.
This fish painting was from my final year of high school. I was leaning into a more realistic style. I remember trying to mimic Australian artist, Ken Wenzel. One of his paintings hangs in my parents’ living room and it always captivated me.
Notice how the water is unfinished. My main problem back then was timid painting. I often took the safe route and stopped before truly finishing.
Here are the rest of my childhood paintings, or at least the ones that I found good enough to warrant a photo:
If you still have your early works, hang onto them. They might prove to be your most invaluable works one day.
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