About the artist
Michael Hunter is a digital abstract artist from Garstang, Lancashire. Michael’s art is a mix of abstract styles including abstract expressionism and geometric. “It is important for me to have an open-minded approach to the creative process and not limit to one technique, application or medium.” Michael enjoys experimenting and he is interested in the effect of shapes and forms and how they can be arranged together over interesting grounds to create space and movement.
While he is creating his abstracts, whether it’s throwing paint around or collaging digitally, he always has music on. “Music seems to give me a certain confidence and ability to make definitive decisions such as where to place a certain mark or what colour combination works best in each design.” Michael always carries a sketch book so he can quickly scribble compositions and ideas that spring to mind; one thing he has found with working in an abstract style is that ideas can happen at any time. From the initial ideas, rough compositions and colour combinations he begins to play around with marks and shapes.
The digital element within his work is also a very important part of the whole process. Here he can digitally enhance the marks and textures which he experimented with. Michael is able to fine tune colours to get them exactly right and can move marks and shapes to form eye catching and unusual compositions. Once a design is what he would consider a finished piece then it is stored as a high resolution file and ready to print using the exact colour space used in creating.
How did you first get into digital art?
I was using photography with my jewellery business and began to start playing around with my art images and really enjoyed this.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
I use many mediums to create my digital art as part of the process. I like to experiment with mark making and also photography. The digital medium allows further investigation into my work and gives me the ability to experiment and manipulate without bounds.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
Minimalistic and abstraction.
What inspires you?
Nature. Music. Architecture. The ocean, The sky.
What is your artistic motivation?
Music, coffee and feeling good!
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
Actually, I don’t have a favourite. I consider all my artworks on the same level and each has its own direction and journey. I’m too indecisive to decide.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Thought provoking. Precise and considered. Striking.
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
I have a terrible memory but I’ve had many responses over the years which have led me to carry on with my journey, confident in the knowledge that it inspires others!
Name three artists who inspire you.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
I have a greater knowledge of colour and how you have to be careful not to overload the palettes.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
Keep it simple and believe in yourself.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
Brushes. My camera. Computers.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Adobe Photoshop, as it has every thing I need.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
I use stock photos to act as backdrops and lifestyle settings for my work.
And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?
Yes, I often find this is the case.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and work with us, Michael!