Jamie Boyd Painting is a bit like keeping a diary but one that can be read by all. Looking at one’s own paintings that were painted many years ago can awaken a sense of nostalgia wrapped in reverie. The very brush strokes on the canvas are like a voice from the past. Sometimes this voice is unrecognisable as being that of the painter but it is however as insistent and clear as the day the paint was applied. I suppose this could mean that the landscape ( if that is the subject matter in hand ) took possession of the artist’s spirit just as the painter stole the forms of the landscape.
Nathaniel Boyd I have always felt that painting and sculpting share a great deal with performance. Sitting in a field painting the sky and distant hills, or working in the studio with a lump of clay, I endeavour to clear the mind and allow the work to happen; to be guided by an invisible force.
My career as a professional cellist has reinforced my belief in the sanctity of the particular moment of creation; I often feel performances of the same piece can feel completely different depending on the particular time and place that they are given. Likewise with my painting, I strive to be totally sensitive to the environment and specific moment: to allow that to inform my every brushstroke.
I was privileged to grow up surrounded by paintings and to join my father, Jamie, on painting trips from a young age, I learnt that the act of painting can bring you closer to the subject; the attention you give is rewarded by an enriched communion with, and appreciation for the landscape.
Artistic Heritage – Nathaniel
I am the youngest of five children and we all grew up surrounded my many beautiful things and very proud of our artistic heritage: almost everyone in our family were artists! An interesting shift occurred however in the expressive outlets that my siblings and I gravitated towards; I have two musician and two actors’ siblings! For me the path was less clear however. I have trained and performed as a cellist all my adult life but my deep love of art and sculpture has meant a constant search to express myself through these mediums alongside my music.