My unconscious mind frequently transfers experiences or snippets of information or images to my conscious mind and I feed off of that and create art. I work best when I have extended periods of time to work on my paintings, usually during the weekends.
Politics, nature, good and bad experiences, and the possibilities of creating something truly novel all inspire me. The works of Picasso and Dali still inspire me today and my creative efforts inspire me as well.
Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 400 national and international online and print journals. Some of Dr. Williamson’s visual art and/or poetry has been published in journals representing over 35 colleges and universities around the world. View over 1200 of Dr. Williamson’s paintings/drawings on this website: www.yessy.com/budicegenius
When I paint, I am taken into a different place that is boundless, without limits and constraints. Paint, brush, canvas or wood mix to reveal what may have been overlooked and left unnoticed. I paint to leave an imprint, a record of my time here. The colours are an archive of memory to be deciphered by others. I blend the poetic word with the mute witness of paint. It records my struggle to keep death away and yet I notice how faithfully it sits next to me, as if to say, I have not seen this before. My art resides in the tension between the eternal and the temporal as I seek to understand what lies before me. My art explores the human need for security and the inevitability of an impermanence I have difficulty accepting. I seek to capture moments of time that show both frailty and vitality, joy and sorrow, decline and glory. I was born in the village of Rakitno in Bosnia-Hercegovina and have lived and studied in Vienna, Paris, Munich and Zagreb. My academic background is in philosophy having studied at Brock University, the University of Ottawa and the College Dominicain de Philosophie. Though largely self taught I studied with Croatian Academic painter Branimir Cilic. My influences include Francis Bacon, Balthus and Tom Thompson. My work is included in numerous private collections throughout Canada and Europe. I live and work in Cambridge, Canada.
When I stumbled on oil pastels several years ago after not having had any formal background or training in art, I surprisingly found myself enjoying working strictly in this medium. I am most intrigued not only by its texture, fluidity, and vibrancy of colour but also with the dimension and depth which can be readily achieved through simple hand and finger smudging. In this way, being so closely connected physically with the paper, I find myself able to become even more deeply immersed in the work.
Several of my favourite artists include Leonardo da Vinci, Tamara de Lempicka, and the Group of Seven artists. My greatest influence, however, is Edgar Degas mainly because of his discerning eye for the human form and his masterful portrayal of movement in dance mode. After taking classical ballet at the National Ballet School of Canada for some years, I became very interested in the elements of speed, grace, and strength–all aspects very much part of the rigorous and demanding dance.
I am also quite fascinated by Degas’ ability to intensely concentrate so many of his paintings and drawings on a passion and love for another art form, that being ballet. It is almost as if the two means feed off each other to form a mutual rapport–each stimulating and enlivening the other for its own separate growth.
I expect this is true in my personal experience as well, as art is really only a small indulgence that oftentimes acts as an outlet too with the offshoot benefit of providing inspiration and focus for my writing career. In fact, much of what I write contains similar undertones which exist in my paintings as the recurring themes of nature, spirituality, and humanity are present in both.
–Desi Di Nardo
Desi Di Nardo’s work has been published in numerous North American and international journals and anthologies, performed at the National Arts Centre, featured in Poetry on the Way on the Toronto Transit Commission, selected by Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and displayed in the Official Residences of Canada. See www.desidinardo.com