Painting Prize Finalist 2015
It's Going To Be Ok by David Righton
About the artwork
A woman sees a humming bird as a sign of hope, the hummingbird sees the woman as a sign of hope.
About the artist
Over the past few years I have found that what makes me happiest in life is when I’m creating things. It fascinates me that you can have a blank canvas in front of you, or silence in the air one moment, and a few seconds later have a work of art or a new piece of music that no one has ever seen or heard before (When I say “a few seconds later” I might be exaggerating just a little). It’s a simple concept, but it keeps me driven to continue creating things that weren’t there moments ago nonetheless. I have always found dreams, and the odd feelings or scenarios you can have while in them, an inspiration, and most of my artwork explores that to some degree. I enjoy how in some instances you don’t realize how peculiar the objects, beings or situations are until you reflect upon them once you have awoken. I hope to capture the essence of this in my artwork and I continue to explore new ways to accomplish this. I grew up in a very creative family. My father is an artist, my mother spent a bunch of years making jewelry, and my stepfather is a potter. I decided at an early age not to become an artist in any way (in order to avoid the struggle that always seemed present for acquiring money) and in school I took band instead of art, and then decided I’d become an architect. That was a fleeting thought, and off I went to film school instead and got a career in film and television doing props. After a bunch of years I figured it might be OK to do a few creative things, just for fun. So I started recording music (3 albums to be exact), shot a few music videos, started designing & building furniture, making didgeridoos, and then started creating paintings, and now here I am.