It's important to slow down a little and take some time out for yourself.
Paintings can give you the space to think about what’s important.
Surrounding yourself with art you love reminds you of the things you hold dear.
It's easy to forget what is important in the busyness of everyday life. Paintings give you something to turn to when you want to re-establish this connection.
Take a moment in front of a painting.
When you observe a painting you see reflected there some experience of your own. You re-connect with the feelings that make you human.
Being present in the moment, you slow down and the stress of daily life recedes a little. You find stillness and calm.
When I paint, each mark and brushstroke comes from the culmination of my own experience. Painting is representative of my thoughts and feelings, beliefs, values and ideas.
Hopefully these experiences resonate with you and my paintings are a mark of what we share.
Hi, I’m Wolfie Crane.
For me, painting is an opportunity to find stillness.
What I love the most is the act of painting. When I'm in the flow of work I switch off from everything else that is going on in my life. I feel a great sense of calm.
Just as I think observing art can be hugely beneficial to our sense of well-being, I think doing something creative is even more important.
It's the reason I spend most of my time in the studio and it's the reason I help others lead more creative lives.
We all have obligations, but we need to be mindful of how quickly life can overwhelm us us. Doing something we love is a way to restore some balance.
I also love walking along the coast near my home in Ireland.
I’m constantly in awe of the world around me and I love the way it makes me feel so insignificant. It helps me let go of my sense of control.
I'd like to think that other people share a similar response to the world. That my paintings might make you pause for a moment and spend some time observing and reflecting.
So, how did I get here?
Well, in 2010 I was diagnosed with ME/CFS, a chronic disease that limits what I can do from day to day.
I started painting in 2013 at the age 35 (I know, I like to leave things late!). By this time, the symptoms of my illness had become milder. I decided it was time to take back some of the control it had taken from me.
Painting also became a sort of therapy for me. Concentrating on something and being in the moment helped me relax. This in turn had a positive effect on my health.
It just grew (very slowly) from there. It's been tough at times but I've managed to keep going. I’ve found that if you work consistently, even at slow pace, eventually you turn around and find you've created something good.
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