Art has been around forever. Surf art has been around forever too. There are caves with drawings depicting surfing. I’ve been fortunate to have spent the majority of my adult life with an artist. She coming from a family of artists has always promoted the idea that anyone can do art . Me not being an artist, although i jokingly attempt it from time to time, find it hard to except this truth. Nonetheless it is true, art can be created by anyone regardless of talent, experience, skill and as in my case how laughable it might looked when finished.
My wife grew up on the beach and continues to live at the beach. Surfing is a huge part of her happiness in life. Combining her talent as an artist and surfing is obvious and she has developed her style and continues to evolve it. Her work is amazing regardless, but fortunately she has found success with her art being sold to private collectors, surfing and snowboarding companies, and other businesses.
I’ve been able to witness all of this from the third party. Looking in from the outside I’ve seen so many different artist doing surf art . Some are original and different, others combine ideas taken from other people, and still others copy out right. It really doesn’t matter in the end. Once art is created and put out into the world there is nothing that can be done but to move on. A true artist will always strive to be original.
Surf art can be difficult to stand out as being original. Surfing doesn’t have an endless supply of aspects to paint. Waves, surfboards, and beaches are the dominate aspects, with secondary aspects being but not limited to sea life, wetsuits, and palm trees. The point is that there are many of the same aspects of surfing found in all most all surf art . Not only that but most angles have already been done, aerial, landscape, from with in the barrel of a wave… etc.
What does the art of surf art boil down to? The artist. What makes great surf art is the capturing or injection of the artist themselves in the painting. Might sound crazy to some, others totally normal but the essence of the artist must be felt. The most common emotion expressed by viewers of my wife’s art is happiness. I believe that is why her art has had success. She, like many other amazing artists, has the ability to convey emotions through art .
by Eric Clemmer