Back in April 2021 on a long walk in the UK countryside I complained that I never really allowed myself to paint what I really wanted to paint and my amazing wife suggested I created an anonymous Instagram account and post my works there.
I must admit that I didn't expect the journey that I was about to go on when I first made that first post, but since then, I have:
Painted 20 latex fetish themed paintings
Set up my own Patreon in response to requests from people who liked my work
Had my art noticed and promoted by some lovely Mistresses on Social Media and reciprocated by painting their portraits
Painted two commissioned pieces
Had my art featured on two high-profile fetish blogs by people I've followed for years
Chatted with a number of my inspirational fetish "heroes" with plans to possibly collaborate some time in the future
Been approached about exhibiting some of my work in 2022
Built a website and launched it, then rebuilt it again and started this blog with a mind to adding a store for prints in the near future
...and all in the space of 8 months.
And from a personal point-of-view, I have:
Significantly refined my painting process, challenging myself and producing works I could only have dreamed of painting a year ago
Been welcomed and encouraged by so very many, many lovely people from all around the world who share the same peculiar and inexplicable desires that I do
Seen my works judged purely by themselves - not because of who I am IRL or what I've worked on previously (this in itself is a relief - I am not burdened by past or censoring myself for the people around me)
Discovered, through this process of exploration a huge amount about myself, allowing myself to become even more comfortable and accepting of my obsessions
Learned that painting is my Drag. With a stroke of a brush I can be a boy, a girl or whatever I desire - there are no limits to who, what or where I can be
All at a time when the entire world lost its mind, got closed down and ordinary people were deliberately terrorised and pitted against each other by their governments to deflect the blame from the politicians.
At an extraordinary time, in a house so full that I couldn't even think of indulging my desires, I found a way out to a world where the darkest dreams can come true. Anyone can be anything they want to be. There is no conflict, just a dark beauty and deep emotional connections. And I am so grateful for that and the warm welcome that I have received.
Thanks for coming on the journey with me. I don't know where it's going next (that's part of the fun) but know that you have my full permission to project your imagination into my works however you like. This is for all the boys and girls and folks in-between who want to escape and dream those dark dreams that allow them to be something or someone else for a little while.
Love to you all