Making art in a VISUALLY OVERLOADED WORLD.

VISUALS ARE EVERYWHERE!
It can be overwhelming. App games, photoshop, pixar movies, kindle, emojis, iphone, ipad, facebook, instagram. Anyone can take a picture with a camera and post it. We are experiencing sensory overload. And it all competes to be the most extreme. How can any true artist swim among all of these visuals and still be taken seriously? There are online galleries and museums with a hundred thousand paintings and prints. We can even go to google and stock images to see millions more.


I"M A KID IN A CANDY STORE
The upside is that I'm a visual person. So now with visual overloads everywhere, I'm actually in my element. I love visuals. I love everything about them. I love being able to look at what galleries, museums and other artists are doing.   
2014 Mr. Turner movie
starring Timothy Spall as Turner.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The computer changed things creatively. It’s no longer a select bunch of elitist men like J.M.W.Turner sitting around at the Royal Academy of Art, London, with their colleagues talking art and selling to the royals. These days, leaving art school and entering the real world of art is like falling down the rabbit hole into a world that’s hard to grasp.


FOLLOW MY OWN PATH 
The Path
oil painting by P.A. Margis


This is how I deal with a visually packed world. Do the best I can, learn from my mistakes and follow my own path...always.  


STAY FOCUSED
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and lost in the sea of creative visuals. And so to this day, I stay focused on my own art, believing in myself and ignoring the rest. That’s the best I can do. Not everyone can be Mark Bradford, Ai Weiwei, Dale Chihuly, Banksy, Annie Leibovitz, David Hockney or Jeff Koons. And frankly, I don't want to be them. Their path is theirs....I have my own.

The Serenade
oil painting by P.A. Margis
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no bird sang there except those that sang best." H. Van Dyke