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Are you sure you’re erotic?

“What sort of artist, are you?” asked the landscape painter. I paused. I always pause. “I’m an erotic artist” I said. And waited. “An erratic artist?” he queried. “No”, I said, with a smile “EROTIC artist”. He paused. I waited. And smiled inwardly. “Oh” he said. And I told him about my website. Five hours later………. he asked for my website address…… and kissed me on the cheek!

Why does it amuse me? Why do I pause? I suppose I’m still slightly surprised by the reaction I get when I say it. And amused. Greatly amused. That just a couple of words can stop people in their tracks. I suppose when an artist asks a fellow artist what sort of painting they do, they expect the typical answer of “landscapes in watercolours” or “portraits in oils” or “pastel” or “flowers”. And I don’t give the typical answer.

Someone rang me last week, wanting a landscape in watercolour, so we discussed it in depth, and agreed a price. She asked if there was anywhere where she could view my work, and I paused. And said “I’ve got a website with a good example of my work on it” “Oh lovely” she said “I’ll have a look and come back to you”. I felt I had to warn her “Don’t look at the figure drawings if you’re easily upset” I said. She questioned me. I repeated it. When we hung up I was convinced I’d lost the sale. Later on she rang me and said “I’ve looked at your figure drawings, and yes, that commission for the landscape is fine, go ahead with it!”

So, why am I expecting a problem? Do I think that intelligent adults can’t make an informed decision about my work without getting upset? Why am I expecting that people who like landscapes will find my erotic drawings offensive? I suppose its because people happily have landscapes on their wall but don’t always openly discuss their interest in sex. I know that I can paint a good landscape, or any other subject matter, and do it efficiently, capably and appealingly. So I’ll continue to paint anything that anyone is interested in – trees, hedges, fields, hills, bushes, breasts, buttocks, sex!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (6)

  1. hornymaleuk
    Jun 17, 2007

    Jackie – I don’t think you need to worry about this. Describing yourself as an erotic artist will certainly capture people’s attention. One or two may take offence but that’s a small price to pay, and you will never please everyone. As far as your website gallery is concerned, I don’t think anyone would take offence. There is nothing pornographic (although you have not yet uploaded my images but maybe it’s just a matter of time). People may not wish to purchase an erotic image or hang one on their wall, but I think most people would be happy to view your work in a gallery.

  2. Hank
    Jun 19, 2007

    I find nothing offensive on your site

    I am a new fan of your work

  3. Cherrie
    Jun 21, 2007

    Society’s collective schizophrenia about sex oozes out in yet another dimension . . .

    Why should someone find pictures of adults displaying their bodies or having sex offensive? Other than being inappropriate for children, there is no reason. Sex is just as natural as any landscape, and there’s no reason why people can’t enjoy and celebrate both. As your new client seems to have concluded!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 21, 2007

    Hornymaleuk – yes, I’ve had far more interest in my art from EVERYONE in my life since I labelled myself an Erotic Artist!And more positive feed-back, too!

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 21, 2007

    Hank – I don’t think there’s anything offensive on my website either. It’s good to know you like what I do!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 21, 2007

    Cherrie – Ironically, it turned out that she’d got some delightful erotic drawings on her bedroom wall, which she showed me when I went to see her!

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