Artists of the Outback Creative] Kay Davidson
Why do you make your art?
I've always liked drawing since I was a small child. But it wasn't a career option until I was able to gain a small following on social media which led to more commissions and learning more skills. Fast forward to today where I have mastered my craft in pastel and To know I can produce something that will be a keep sake in a complete strangers house that they will treasure forever is a awesome feeling.
But to create original artworks that people sort after is my goal. Something that is truly my choice to create with just my interpretation is so much more enjoyable.
How do you make your art?
I specialise in pastel pencil, charcoal pencil and scratchboard.
I use colourfix paper for both pastel and charcoal.
My style is realism and making the main subject speak for itself.
What does it mean to you?
It means freedom within my career choice. Not many people get to do what they really love. And to be truly happy you must do what makes you happy. It means all triumphs and failures are purely up to me. I don't have to please anyone but myself. When someone buys my artwork it means the public want something that only I can produce, and it's an amazing feeling. I have also sold original pieces to raise money for charity. So I try to help people with the art I create.
What inspires you ?
Animals are my main subject choice for originals. As I have always lived on a property surrounded by horses, sheep and cattle My lifestyle influences and inspires my work. I'm always looking for a reference with the perfect light and striking pose.
Who inspires you?
I follow a lot of realism artists on social media. But I do find I am quite sheltered and un educated in knowing the big names of the fine art world. But definitely Heather Rooney. Her main subject matter is people and sports celebs. So very different to my subjects. But I've always envied how some artists can get a human portrait to look so real that it looks like you can feel the subject even though it's 2D.
Where inspires you?
Australian agriculture and outback lifestyle inspires me.
Eventually I want to be known for Australiana subjects especially live stock.
What makes you unique to other artists?
That is a hard question, I think only other artists In the same market would know the answer to that question as they are my competition and I theirs. But something I noticed When I started out four years ago many established artists were very secretive when giving advice. Where I will help other artists to my full knowledge for marketing or skill development and materials that I have found work for me.
I think at the end of the day everyone sees things and does things different to you. No one can copy you exactly and they usually find their own path of inspiration and style with your advice.
So in short I'm a artist with no secrets to my skills and I'm willing to help any artist if they ask for it.
Thank you reading 'Our Meet The Artist' this week with Kay Davidson.