Artist Paul Wadsworth: A Vibrant Brush
In recent years, Paul Wadsworth has delighted art enthusiasts with his paintings of the Cornish landscape, where ragged, wild, and vibrant swathes of paint sweep across the canvas capturing favorite moments in time, in picturesque locations. He has also garnered the attention of collectors with a preference for the altogether hotter, more exotic feelings which emerged from his travels in the Middle East. His work is a journey and that idea and passion is reflected below in his original interview to benefit CHLA.
Em: “Why, to you, Is art and creativity essential?”
Paul: “The need for creativity and art is to balance our materialistic needs and desires and to look further than reading writing and maths. These are all fine but the human spirit needs things that are less tangible and less black and white. I always think it’s a big mistake when schools, from a young age upwards, don’t take art seriously and give it the time and space it deserves within children’s play and development. I find a lot of people return to art at a later stage of their lives as they find the need to explore themselves and return to wonder and play. The world would be a very dull place without the magic of creativity!”
Em: “Describe your own, unique process for creating art.”
Paul: “My process of making art is usually with paint on paper or canvas. I love to be in the landscape and paint on location trying to capture the essence, feeling and color of the day. Be it by a stormy sea or in the wilderness of Cornish moorland. I love the energy of the day and I try to install this into the paint as I work. Travel is also an important part of my creativity and adds a narrative to the work. Travels in India, Oman, and the Middle East have all inspired paintings that tell a story about my experiences.”
Em: “Do you have a moment of struggle or triumph in producing your art that stands out in your mind?”
Paul: “I love to paint but it’s not always a placid calm space to be in. Quite often a painting can drive you mad as whatever you do it doesn’t go in the direction you are wanting. This is a lesson in letting go and stop controlling something that needs its own life. Sometimes it takes this struggle and a little anger, to triumph and quite often these can be the best paintings!”
Em: “What first inspired you to become an artist?”
Paul: “I can’t think of any one specific moment but I always loved art and creativity at school. If I was allowed I would have done all creative subjects but schools being what they were didn’t allow for this. It’s that old saying, “When are you going to get a proper job?!” Hmmmm, Many different ways to see the world… Anyway, lucky for me I didn’t listen to the negative and decided to follow what was always an innate passion to create and really couldn’t think of a better way of life for me.”
I find Paul’s work engaging, exciting, and all together magical, and am so thankful for his participation in this fundraising effort for CHLA. I hope you’ll enjoy his inspiring reflections and donate to keep art and playrooms available to patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Learn more about Paul Wadsworth http://www.paulwadsworth.co.uk/paul_wadsworth_new/new_works.html
Emerson is a junior in high school. She loves literature and is passionate about writing, poetry in particular. When she is not playing the drums, participating in school musical theater, or training for marathons, you can find her with her friends checking out vintage records and used book stores in Hollywood.