I can paint a bird that looks exactly like a bird, I have done that. I don’t want to, though. It does not make my heart pound. I want to paint what I see in my mind. No one has ever seen those creatures before. That is something new I can put out in the world that really says what I want to say. I think I want my art to say something about how imperfect we all are, but how beautiful we are in our brokenness and imperfection. I think that is at least part of the message God wants me to share through my artwork.
That is not to say I don’t find value and beauty in realism. I absolutely do. It just isn’t my calling.