Why Do Artists Create Art?

When choosing art to bring into our homes or offices it is often illuminating to know what compelled the artists to create it. What inspires them? What do they strive to communicate to us?

The answers we receive may add enormous pleasure to our viewing experience. For some artists it is equally important that their art provide a transformative experience for their viewer as well as for themselves.

Header image: Painting by Mary Lou Dauray

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Keith Morant

Keith Morant, Gardening, mixed media on canvas, 55" x 55".
Keith Morant, Gardening, mixed media on canvas, 55″ x 55″.

“My art is always a journey of discovery into the essence of being. It is an effort to externalise the truth of my own existence on as many levels as possible and communicate a greater awareness of the quality of life. It is an attempt to generate enquiry into the greater spheres of understanding which lie beyond conventionalised intellection.”

“When I begin a painting I know that, apart from a strong urge to create and a highly developed instinctual direction with tools and materials, there can be no specific design or plan for the picture as a finished product.”

Elaine Franz Witten, sculptor
Elaine Franz Witten sculpture

Elaine Franz Witten

“My roots of inspiration are my life long love of nature, art and music. As a bronze sculptor, my primary focus is to distill my chosen subject matter into its ultimate expressive synthesis of beautiful form, gesture and spirit.”


Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, Thunder Being Proves River Grass, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x24″x 1.5”.

Cherilyn SunRidge

“We must each hold a personal sacred hoop in our hearts, and we must each cultivate our Light-filled relationships in any arenas which beckon us. We must live like we matter, and my nature-spirit-art is a daily reminder of that.”


Elaine Hunter, Moon Cloud, photograph, 24 x 36
Elaine Hunter, Moon Cloud, photograph, 24 x 36

Elaine Hunter

“My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”


Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray, Burning Blue, acrylic on paper, 22″ x x 30″.

Mary Lou Dauray

“The more I learn about coal the more I know that I need to use my art to bring attention to this serious pollution situation. My artwork is my voice. Intense alarm would be an understatement in trying to describe the feelings generated as I continue doing this series. I know that I need to use my art to bring attention to this serious pollution situation.”


Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Susanne Buckler

“The images (in the ‘Survival Series’) capture me and the disease at discrete moments but they have been modified by my aesthetic process and by machines much like my own body. It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.”


4 thoughts on “Why Do Artists Create Art?”

  1. Thanks you so much for including me in this article Renee! I am always thankful and highly honored to know that you are the gatekeeper of another channel through which my work may communicate.

  2. Dear Renee,

    I was delighted to be included in your recent article on reflections on inspiration. The diverse ideas are so well
    presented, Renee. Elaine Hunter’s piece resonated with me, an image I will carry with me in memory. I am honored to be in such good company of artists.

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