The Art of William Prosser



Since birth, we all seek to know the world and our place in it. We also travel along our own inner journey, rich with feelings and experience, trying to figure out who we are and what we want out of life. For the artist - whether musician, actor, dancer, writer, martial artist or painter, the act of creating and expressing art always involves personal growth, which is accompanied by a growing sense of self-awareness. The painting experience lends itself nicely to this process.

After learning the basics of the craft, the painter's medium can become a vehicle, enticing the artist to ride along and watch the work progress. While it may be a subtle change, the artist begins to see reality through different eyes after each and every creation. If the artist notices a nice collaboration between the conscious and sub-conscious mind, the act of painting provides an opportunity for this self-awareness and self-revelation to occur, which is the recognition of the deeper connections between the thoughts, emotions, desires, hopes, fears, etc. This Révélateur (French, “The Revealer”) style of painting expression involves a Zen-like approach in technique, where the artist allows themselves to become a witness to the process, and the art actually reveals and documents those connections through imagery. A grand trust is involved with the process, to be sure; relaxing the conscious mind and yielding to the sub-conscious takes practice - it is hard to be allowing, since we associate with our controlling conscious mind so much of our waking time. The benefit, this transformation towards increased awareness, is well worth the effort.

Sharing the art with others is still important, as the expression is not really complete without it; the finished art stands as a marker or testament capturing those moments of revelation. But the artist knows that the method of creating art on the road of transformational self-discovery is truly just as valuable as the finished painting.

William's paintings and prints are available to purchase through, as WilliamProsserArt.

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Prosser’s work is represented by Meg Goodwin at Nutmeg's Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery Street, Ojai, California.