My Father was the first person to teach me the basics of art, he explained in detail the measurement of the human body, that within the bounds of nature all humans measurements are essentially the same, he taught me perspective, about artistic licence, he said "an artist does not have to abide to the rule of authenticity" I rarely do. As an artist I have experimented with numerous mediums oil, acrylic, collage, Sculpture etc, and now Computers, since I began using computer to create art, I found I can create with speed, for me this is quite rewarding, it also allows me to combine my earlier paintings and drawings with digital created images, , this new form of creating art would be an impossibility without the aid of the Computer. In addition it allows me to reach a far wider audience via the internet. Art is not to imitate but to present an image that is original and legitimate, and that an explanation of an Artwork by its creator allows little scope for the imagination and denies stimulation of the mind of the spectator. Art can be as exciting as the mind will allow. when visiting Galleries or art sites I would encourage the viewer to use their imagination. Everything I’ve learnt has been through self-guided learning, from books, videos, informal TV----courses, art galleries, and a large dose of trial-and-error, So in a sense, I have been taught by the people who wrote the books made those videos TV courses, and artist, but not directly, the ‘self-taught’ label applies more to the independent character of the learner. I chose what to learn and when, and at what pace. in addition to books and videos the past 10 years has been a venture into Digital, and that has opened a new avenue for me to explore. it's an exciting time for any artist to investigate. what this new medium has to offer are to artist is endless. But in end its the spectator who is the final critic to ones art., GF

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