I’m an Artist, photographer, writer, armchair philosopher and hobbyist musician who was born in Middlesex in the mid 60’s (yes that makes me a old fart). I now live in a beautiful peaceful and isolated part of the Scottish Borders with my wife who I met 27 years ago (Yes that’s right, just after the first world war).
I had my first conventional (not digital) Art exhibition in the original Ruislip Manor Library in the 80’s. In 1993 after discovering computer art while attending The Art Institute of Seattle in Washington State, USA (Yes I lived in America) I decided digital was the future. I started my digital art life using early versions of Corel draw and Adobe Photoshop. One of the early photo editing magazines described my work as follows ‘ He should get out more’. After that rave review I invested a great deal of time learning digital photography while most professionals where still emphatically stating ‘ it would never catch on’
From 2000 – 2006 I took a break from Art and became a full time glamour photographer in Essex, I later owned my own studio before moving on to something else (Bipolar will do that to you).
I am probably best known (If I’m Known at all) for my Visionary Art which is all about challenging perception. I created these works and sold them at Mind Body and Soul shows from 2006 – 2010. This work was also featured in a number of high profile ‘spiritual’ publications. For a no one I seem to get in magazines a lot.
Note all the above work was done under my birth name Ramsay Fartbottom LOL , before I changed my name to Aric Voss
I have become very disillusioned with the digital world and as a result I try to avoid spending more than an hour a day online. Currently I’m enjoying time in our garden (a empty field), I love willow trees , but I’m blissfuly ignorant when it comes to flowers and plants. Artistically I’m attempting to make unique ‘ Sculptors’ out of timber and wire this is a work in progress and should any of my results please me will be posted here or the artofvoss blog (nothing there yet).
I also enjoy taking snapshots of the Scottish Borders usually on a mobile phone (many of them I’ve posted on this site). Occasionally I do still create digital art when the mood takes me. I also love to write for this blog thingy, because it would piss off my English Teacher (who though I was crap) and because it also probably pisses off my dyslexia.
I hope you enjoy my long running blog which reflects on all the many aspects of my bipolar personality from the stupidly childlike, to the deep contemplator of life, the universe and everything. I enjoy playing the stereotypical grumpy old fart and have no time for political correctness. I rage against those who wish to destroy freedom of speech and the traditional British way of life. I have to admit I’ve given up on humans and have far more time for my four-legged friends. I’ve managed to be a real vegetarian (only eating cheese and eggs) for over 13 years because hate the rise of factory farming and basically I think it’s rude to eat ones friends.
Aric Voss AKA Mantakesphoto and Mr Happy 🙂