Whys, Ifs, Hows — Artists on Art.

Whys, Ifs, Hows — Artists on Art.

Why do we like what we like? Why do we do what we do, or are interested in or passionate about what we are? Is it genetics? Natural-born talent? Sheer hard-earned skill? Who’s to say? I certainly don’t know. But in the interests of gaining a little insight, here’s five talented artists on the whys, ifs, and hows of why they do, and love, what they do — 

Image: Andy Leaf, All Rights Reserved. via @andyleaf / instagram.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Andy Leaf There was never really a set time. I remember as a young child the first thing I wanted to be was a palaeontologist. Then came the thought of working as an actor, so I took up acting class. I was too shy for that, and figured something I had always loved my whole life was art—that’s never really gone away. It was more of a gradual progression that led me to where I am today. 

Image: Candy Ng, All Rights Reserved. via @yanyancandyng / instagram.

Has art always been a natural way of expression for you?
Candy Yan Yan Ng I would say it is by choice. I do it because I enjoy it in the first place, and didn’t give up halfway through like I did when I was learning to play the piano. For me, I have chosen art as my journey of figuring out what I want, and to reflect what I learn and to express my feelings and thoughts. I am just embracing my own kind of channel.

Image: Liam Snootle, All Rights Reserved. via @liamsnootle / instagram.

What made you realise you wanted to become an artist?
Liam Snootle — I’ve always been one of those ‘creative’ types. That showed itself through music for much of my life, but for the last five or six years, I’ve shifted to painting. I really prefer it as a way to express myself and, anyway, no-one wants to see old men on stage thinking they’re twenty-two years old.

Image: Amrit Murti, All Rights Reserved. via @amritmurti_illustration / instagram.

Why art? What was it that made you want to become an artist?
Amrit Murti Because I don't think there's a career in terrible singing in the shower, despite thinking I am amazing, so art it is!  There are two main reasons that come to mind why this creative path is for me. The first being that art has always provided me with a voice when I fall short of words. It has acted as a visual aid to impart my thoughts and feelings to others, as I've never been the best verbally. The other sounds generic, but there's something inside me that yearns to make and create. It's almost like I go into another world when I'm making artworks, and when I finish and take a step back to see what I've created, I just know this is what I love!

Image: Luke Rion, All Rights Reserved. via @lukerion_ / instagram.

What drew you to art? Did you always want to be an artist?
Luke Rion  I believe escapism is what always attracted me to art as a kid. I think non-existence has always fascinated me—removing myself and becoming whatever I was creating. It seemed infinitely more interesting than having to go to school. 
I remember winning an award in grade three for a drawing of Santa cooking dinner over a flame in the outback. I won a gift certificate for Toy World. I vividly remember using the certificate to buy a G.I. Joe Cobra guy and a red hovercraft vehicle. 
It’s strange that as a child I was reflecting on what I knew of Australian culture in my drawings, and then spending my winnings on some outlandish distorted idea of a gun-toting American superhero fantasy.

(Portions were given in interviews originally conducted by Erin Stobie for Outlet Magazine.)