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JAMES STEVENS

 

Welcome.

I'm James, an artist from the South East of England. If you're reading this you've hopefully had a look through my website and want to find out a little more about me.

A career as an artist was never the intended path, back then I was heading for another route, piloting civil aircraft, but unfortunately at the time, I hit a few medical roadblocks on the way. It wasn't until my future plans and studies went topsy turvy I thought I'd pick up the pencil again. With nothing to lose I listed a drawing on Facebook marketplace for £60. I only made about £30 off it once framed, but I was chuffed I'd made a sale at all, at that point the lightbulb went off. Here I am years later in a career I wouldn't change for the world, every day I get to paint is a blessing.

As you've probably seen, I work with a wide range of subjects, branching from wildlife to aviation. Although most of my current focus and enjoyment comes from my formula one work, I took a huge love for the sport over the past couple of years and have been hooked ever since. I'd say it's now a defining part of my work and developing style.

Inspiration for my work often follows my interests or things that capture my imagination. As a young boy, I'd be constantly drawing ships, cars, spaceships and about anything that you can deem cool as a boy! You'd even catch me designing my cars or vehicles into my early teens. From then it turned to detention for doodling in my maths books.

Much of my painting is self-taught, developing my style and abilities to where they are now has been an incredible journey, one I'm constantly pushing. It's always crazy to think that for years I only lifted pens and pencils, experimentation is a vital aspect of every artist, swapping mediums, throwing paint, you name it. I'd always find the hardest but most rewarding times are those done for client commissions, quite often it throws me off to draw subjects in a way I've never done before. There's a nerve-racking thrill to the whole thing.

If I had to talk a little about my work I'd say I love the details. My paintings often don't feel satisfying without a certain level of difficulty and challenge, this comes at the expense of long painting times and an urge to paint big. So I might not make the quantity, but definitely the quality. If you see any of my works in person hopefully you'd agree, some of which I can spend hours looking into. I've always been my own worst enemy. I refuse to put such a great idea on a small canvas, It's a little like a heart vs head battle, where often heart comes out on top.

So what's in the future? It's a hard question to answer, but you can never dream too big.

Finally, I can't talk about myself without giving thanks to the community of followers and supporters along the way, every purchase, social media comment or feedback is a beating heart that makes my work possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far, please feel free to have a look around the site or drop me a message if you have any questions.

James