|Best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, he has written the lyrics for the majority of the star’s songs – some of the best known in pop-rock’s history.||
Born in Lincolnshire England, Bernie Taupin arrived in Los Angeles 40 years ago with a dream and a songwriting partner, Elton John. In addition to writing some of pop music’s most beloved compositions, Bernie pursues a passion for painting at his in-home studio in Santa Barbara County. It is here where he recently celebrated his 60th birthday with his wife and family, and continues to create art each day, whether written, on canvas, or at his family’s dinner table.
Canvas to me is simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words. The imagination, in my estimation, is the most powerful tool the artist possess enabling us to conjure up beautiful distraction for the ears and eyes.
I have no formula except that which comes from what I dream, feel and see. To me colors are like words…they express emotions…likewise texture and mediums display an abundance of moods.
I have no set pattern of definitive style, it is hard to conform when there are so many options; house paint and wood stain can be equally as evocative as acrylics and oil, at times all four together can create the desired results.
I find blocks and oblongs of bright color effective, for me they express affection. In the same way their dark counterparts with their fragmented edges and torn middles spell disturbance and pain. The intermingling of all these parts present life.
In another way I find urban chaos and atmospheric cities inspirational. The teaming vibrancy of legendary streets and exotic foreign parts makes for a great palate.
At times my original concept for a piece can develop into something more complex; it’s scope becoming broader. I find design encouraging; at times almost dictating what direction to take.
Any form of appreciation for one’s work is gratifying but for my own reasons I would rather the observer discard with titles (they’re merely selfish labels) and draw upon their own imagination to read into them what they will….good, bad or indifferent, it will cause stimulation and that is reward enough.
– Bernie Taupin
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