Great Artists That Inspire Me

Great Artists That Inspire Me


I've found inspiration from so many artists over the years, of old and new, each of them providing me with a yearning to better myself. There are truly breath-taking artists all around us who amaze me daily with their dedication and artistry.


I have a love for both ultra-realism and abstract in equal measure, in all mediums, and I’m constantly in ore with not only portrait artists, but artists whose work range from calligraphy to pottery. My plan is to learn different mediums, and different styles, and to incorporate an element of abstract in my art in the years ahead. I plan to create a collection of prints that will incorporate aspects everything I learn. I have listed some of the artists whose work always speaks to me. Check them out if you have the time, I’m sure they will have the same effect on you as they did on me :)


Jenny Saville - Oils

Human perception of the body is so acute and knowledgeable that the smallest hint of a body can trigger recognition.
—Jenny Saville

In her depictions of the human form, Jenny Saville transcends the boundaries of both classical figuration and modern abstraction. Oil paint, applied in heavy layers, becomes as visceral as flesh itself, each painted mark maintaining a supple, mobile life of its own. As Saville pushes, smears, and scrapes the pigment over her large-scale canvases, the distinctions between living, breathing bodies and their painted representations begin to collapse.


Heather Rooney - Ultra Realism Pencil Portraits

Heather Rooney is an extremely talented artist specialising in photorealistic drawings. As a teenager she became captivated with the challenge of realistic drawing and the meticulous attention to detail that it required. She became intrigued with the medium of pencil, using graphite and colored pencil to create the softness of shadows or the intricate details of facial features. Heather continued to feel driven to improve her technique with every drawing.

Sophie Fois - Ultra Realism Pet Portraits


Massimo Polello - Abstract Calligraphy

I love Massimos abstract calligraphy. He includes layered, textured mediums which ultimately create He sums up his approach to calligraphy best, “…letters become a means to exist outside myself… going beyond the letters, captured by a sole need to see. They become signs, images, evocations, urgent needs, emotions.”


Bonnie Snowden - Photo Realistic Pet Portraits

Award Winning Coloured Pencil Artist, Tutor and Coach. Specialising in animal portraits and coloured pencil.



Alex Hillkurtz - Watercolour

He uses the language of cinema to inform his images, moving beyond what one sees, and depicting what he wants others to see.


Guiliana Macca - Abstract Human form 

Macca enters the world of art starting from the restlessness and the crudeness of human existence to then face these issues with extreme authenticity. Those who stop to carefully observe the eyes in his paintings, emblematic element of his art, will discover that they also conceal feelings such as delicacy, fragility and passion.


Sheila Giovanni - Hyper Realistic Coloured Pencil Portrait Artist

Her dedication to detail consistently amazes me!


Gisella Biondani - Calligraphy/Watercolour

Gisellas Bio - “In my work I enclose the skills of graphics, painting and calligraphy.

An incessant search for expression and an in-depth study of all three techniques characterise my path.

In my works I balance the indefiniteness of the watercolour colour with the essentiality of the calligraphic stroke, a play of volumes, contrasts and syntheses that chase each other and complete in giving life to a fresh and harmonious image. The inspiration comes from nature and the goal is a story.

The abstraction of the form is entrusted to the fluidity and lightness of the watercolour, the calligraphic intervention is gestural, expressive, concealing its meaning, letting the letters flow into the composition.”


Marcello Barenghi

An extremely talented hyper realistic artist. Creating photo realistic images of inanimate objects.


Hush Artist -

Hush is an artist who has made a name for himself with his diverse yet refined style working across graffiti, painting, collage and drawing. Heavily influenced by the traditions of Japanese culture and the aesthetics of street artHush is making waves in the urban art world.

Studio Hush