Standing in a wide open room, immersed in decades of art history I could almost hear J. Paul Getty’s voice resound inside my head, "the beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavour," a quote that can never really be appreciated until you stand in the centre of the Getty Museum in L.A. I had the chance to visit the Getty late last year and was truly astounded by the value of the art that was readily available to view free of charge. As I stood there greedily soaking in the works of Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh I contemplated the words of J. Paul Getty and what they meant to me. One of the hardest concepts I struggle with as an artist and aspiring animator is trying to find the meaning of my work. It is hard to justify the career of an artist in the same ways that the work of a doctor or engineer may be considered integral parts of society. But when it comes down to it, the job of an artist is really an essential part of society. It is our job to create lasting stories and narratives that connect with people all around the world; these stories not only teach us but motivate and inspire us in ways that can make a vast difference to someone’s life.
I am in Japan now and am enjoying the chance to take a break from art and to refuel. I feel privileged to be in this beautiful country which is teaming with life and creativity. It is a strange feeling being finished with my study that I have the chance to pursue whatever creative path I want, but at the same time I am totally at a loss as to where to go next. The possibilities seem endless, but I guess that’s all part of the adventure!