To Renderosity vendor Stuart Palmer (BlueTreeStudio), art is life. It's not just a "part of his life," it's his whole being. I love chatting with members who are very passionate about art because I love listening them describe why they fell in love and stayed in love. Just read through this wonderful interview I conducted with Stuart.
What brought you to Renderosity?
I signed up many years ago, long before I became a vendor. At the time I was making an animated film called "The Legend of Kawa the Blacksmith" and Renderosity, of course, is such a fabulous resource. So I came to Renderosity initially as a customer. Then, just over a year ago, I decided to start producing models for the marketplace. Now it feels like I've found my home, it's such a friendly, inclusive and creative place to be.
How has art changed your life?
Creating things has always been a huge part of my life. As a child, I could get just as excited by an empty cardboard box as I could by the toy that came in it simply because of the potential to turn that cardboard box into whatever I wanted. It could be a spaceship, or the Death Star, or a secret headquarters for a gang of villains, or a puppet theatre. Part of my time these days is spent as an art worker for a local charity which means I still get to make things out of cardboard boxes and help children develop their ideas. Communicating my excitement at making things and helping children channel their own creativity is valuable to me. So, to answer your question, art hasn't changed my life, it IS my life!
What is it about art that you love?
I'm always very wary of the word 'art.' Whether something is considered 'art' or not strikes me as a deeply unimportant question. What's important to me is communicating ideas and emotions, giving enjoyment and taking enjoyment from the act of creating. I've had a fair amount of involvement with the local art college, and I find what they teach to be completely in line with the art establishment but also hugely suspect, because, it seems to me, art for them is about intellectualizing something to the point of abstraction. It isn't about communicating clearly and directly. Consequently a lot of the art that is produced doesn't speak to me at all. Give me a strong, well-composed image that speaks to me on an emotional level and I'm happy.
Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?
Well, it's what pays the bills, and I really can't afford the luxury of a hobby, so no, this is my profession. Making models for sale on Renderosity is a huge part of my life. When I'm not making models I do design work for various companies and, as a published writer, I'm also a tutor for a creative writing correspondence course. And when I'm not doing those things, as already mentioned, I'm showing kids how to make woodland animals out of paper cups! Really my whole life is about creativity.
What does art mean to you?
As I've already mentioned I find the word art problematic. Art means nothing to me but creativity and communication mean everything. I'd never describe myself as an artist. Surround me with 'artists' and you'll see what I look like when I'm rolling my eyes. Art to me is another type of language, one that speaks to the parts of us that traditional language can't address as concisely or deeply.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
To be honest, I have absolutely no idea! Neither of my parents is particularly artistic or artistically creative, yet somehow it's absolutely hardwired into me and always has been. As a child, I was always making stuff and spinning out stories. When I hit my teenage years, I enjoyed oil painting and cooking. In my early twenties, I was in a band performing original songs in various local venues. I've done illustration for magazines and a graphic novel, written short stories and articles for various publications, made animated films... the list goes on. Being creative is just what I do.