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Why We Create

Why do you choose to create?
How does the creative process affect you?
What makes a creative individual?

We posed these questions to artists visiting Opus recently. What they shared was a depth of passion for the creative process – personal responses that mirrored why so many of us choose to express ourselves through visual art.

Sometimes we all need that little reminder of why we do what we do, and hopefully this video will help to inspire and honour the creative individual in you!

Special Thanks to the artists in this video (in order of appearance):
David Roth
Sue Bayley
Marcus Wild
Jarek Kanigowski
Alex Cox
Alice Chernoff
Mehdi Nowroozi
Joanne Waters
Colby Morgan
Sarah Tonin
Jeremy Starcok
Saman Sandhu
Megan Bennett
Dodie King
Jeff Gibson
Tori Lockwood

If you would like to share your own answer to “Why do you create?”, we welcome you to sign in to your Opus Community Profile and comment below. You may also send your response to info@opusartsupplies.com.


For further offerings on the subject of creativity, here are some talks and articles we hope will leave you feeling empowered to express your artistic vision.

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Video from The University of the Arts (Phila., PA)

David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence
Video from TED Talks

All About Creativity
Articles from Psychology Today


Thank you for sharing the video by David Kelly it touches on many key subjects in relation to the creative beings that we all are, and can be.

Art is the thing

can make you whole

for Art my friend

is the language

of the soul.

DRW. 2007

Very very powerful and touching. Brought tears to my eyes. Creating is such a powerful force, and it is is amazing to see that energy in others. Thank you Opus for putting the video together.

Very very powerful and touching. Brought tears to my eyes. Creating is such a powerful force, and it is is amazing to see that energy in others. Thank you Opus for putting the video together.

I create for the power of it, the thrill of finding out what happens, creating something that wasn't there before and if it were then putting my peculiar little twist on it, and just loving and getting lost in the process of it.

I create because I want to see my ideas in real life. It is a powerful and difficult process but the struggle is part of the process of becoming the person I imagine myself to be.

Voyage of Creation

A work of art is a voyage of discovery,
not merely a trip to a known destination,
but with courage to find something new.
Conceived in intimacy, real inspiration
must have a say, for it thrives on rapport.
A cacaphony of colours or a mess of metaphors,
like too much talk overwhelms its growth,
starves gestation, ensures miscarriage.
True art can be found by asking what it needs,
then waiting, open to its subtle response,
for you must go through the doorway of yourself,
nudging, retreating, polishing, working
until you are surprised by what you learn;
then the pleasure of creation really begins.
Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art.
There's humility in recognizing beauty.

© Celeste Varley, 2012

When I create, then I'm alive!

I've been struggling with the question on why I feel the need to create, why some of us are fine without it while the rest of us can't function normally without our creative outlet. I've finally come to accept about myself that art is just a huge part of who I am, and that if I want to be whole I'll continue to draw and paint. Art is my voice, it is how I communicate to others and carry on the conversations of life. Art helps me keep afloat, and gives me energy and passion. I believe there is a quote somewhere that goes like this: "I create because I must." and I feel the same way.