About Ian David Spencer
'Through visionary art we can explore the intersection between reality, dreams and imaginary realms, transcending the boundary from what we know to be real to what could be and capture those imaginary realms that exist in our subconscious. In doing so we open the mind to a visual feast of ideas, possibilities, curiosity and perhaps even enlightenment'
I work with photography and digital media. My art could best be described as a "gateway between reality, dreams and imaginary realms". I see the photograph as the reality, while digital software creates the imaginary. My philosophy is to create work that is unbound from conventional trends which means I prefer, instead, to create from "the higher self" with pure intuition and without judgement. This allows me complete freedom to fully express my ideas and to create my "lands of mystery and wonder". My work can be dream-like and ethereal, darker, psychedelic, cosmic, mystical and magical, paranormal or spiritual and created with a palette of beautiful arrangements, colours, textures and powerful narrative. But what's just as important is the process of creating the artwork. Each process is unique and it is the unknown and unpredictable end results that are a powerful motivational force for creating my art.
During my childhood and teenage years my imagination was lightyears away thanks to a love of science fiction, fantasy and psychedelic music. I still look to these roots to help inspire my work today along with my spiritual beliefs. I live in rural Cornwall where I am close to stunning locations that also help to inspire my work. I particularly love being present in forest and woodland locations that spark my imagination and hence I specialise in tree art.
Originally, my passion for photography was seeded in the late 1970's. I was City and Guilds Of London Institute trained in photography in the 1990's but since then largely self-taught in the field of digital imaging.