The Everyday Artist is an idea that seeks to highlight that anyone, and everyone, is good at art. So often people say; “Oh I couldn’t do art - I’m no good at it”. Everybody is good at art. They just have to do it. The Everyday Artist brings together a community that simply enjoys doing art for the sake of being creative and expressing themselves.
Tom Wolff is an outdoorsman. Currently working as a tour guide in Tasmania, he is saving up for a bicycle trip that will see him cover land from Alaska to Patagonia. Surfing, photography, words, birds and black coffee are just a few that spring to mind when describing the 25 year olds interests. Check out his website at www.tomwolff.com.au
What is your earliest art memory?
The things I remember the best are CD album covers. I can remember the art on the cover of a Crowded House album perfectly. For some reason that’s what comes to mind.
What sparked your interest in art?
My Mum is very interested in art, our house is covered in it. I’ve been exposed to it from a very young age. Nature is art. Art is everywhere. Most of us humans have a narrow view of what art is. I think most people have art in their lives. You just have to look for it.
What influences/inspires you to art?
Definitely nature. But the problem with that is that you can never truly catch a natural setting on film. There are too many subtleties to it. You always fall short.
Tell me a Tom fun fact.
I’ve been on every continent except for Antarctica. Only to small parts, but still to every continent. That makes me pretty lucky I guess.
What was the last awesome thing that happened to you?
This morning. Going for a kayak, with the sea turtles and the whales and dolphins. The best thing I’ve done, today, obviously.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your art?
I’ve gotten really into bird watching, I guess that’s what has happened in the last year or so. It’s totally its own world. It’s funny when you realize that there are so many different worlds to exist in. Observing animals in their natural environment you learn so much so quickly. I think watching a wild animal is totally captivating.
Should more people/everyone do art? Why?
I think art comes down to creativity. We have a narrow view of what creativity is. Scientists who are trying to make leaps forward in science, that’s a form of art but it’s not recognized as that. Art is using creativity to better understand the world we live in. People already are making art, it’s just often not recognized as that. But yeah, sure, it’s not a bad thing. Say building a house. If you understand that as an art form, it can create enjoyment.
Tom where Tom belongs.--
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