Who is The Curious Creative?
Hi, my name’s Justin. So what makes me a Curious Creative? Well, I enjoy being constructive with my hands and ‘making’. Especially if it arouses my curiosity and gives me an opportunity to create, explore, or learn something.
I live in East Sussex with my wife, Jackie, and our dog, Ginny the Cockapoo. I enjoy painting in my spare time and while I did take art at both school and college (and drew loads of X-Wings when I was little), my relationship with painting and art has been very off and on since then. Ultimately, it was Ginny who got me back into painting properly. I had great fun capturing some key moments and character traits of hers (like her best sitting while expecting a treat), and it was really her that sparked my desire to be a pet portrait artist. She’s seven now and is a constant source of joy and friendship.
I’ve been a dog owner all my life. Literally. My mum had a dog before she had me! Growing up with dogs has given me a deep and humbling insight into the eternally enthusiastic soul behind their eyes, and I can really appreciate what these little furballs mean to us. This all helps me to better understand what makes them tick and capture their true character in their portrait.
As for what medium I use, my preference these days is to work digitally. The scope for experimentation and just letting things ‘flow’ is excellent, and it’s considerably less messy! I also feel that it suits my style, which can be quite eclectic. It gives me the ability to easily switch between different mediums, be they oil, watercolour, acrylic, alcohol, or pencils, for example, depending on what I feel suits a particular painting, subject, or mood.
So, that’s me. How’re you?