Anyone who loves unicorns has a love of things that are pure. It doesn’t have to refer to the innocence of little children, it can refer to purity as a quality. For example, an artist seeks the purity of their craft.
Some people call it ‘being in the zone.’ For other it’s a ‘dream state’ where mastery takes over. All the years of hard work, sacrifice and training fall away and what’s left is pure art. Pure dance, pure music, pure visual art.
If you love art, purity is part of you. You seek it because it’s part of your soul. You express it to fulfill your soul.
Classical realism as it’s called, was at one time the example of pure visual art. It nearly died out around the turn of the twentieth century, just when unicorns were starting to make a comeback. The visual art world turned its back on classical realism, instead seeking purity by stripping away all the techniques that had once made art so great.
Today however it enjoys increasing popularity. Thanks to a few dedicated artists who kept its tradition alive, more visual artists are choosing to get trained in classical realism techniques so that they can express what a camera arguably cannot: the purity of their souls in two-dimension.
Just as the unicorn has enjoyed renewed popularity as a cultural icon, the classical style of drawing and painting has become a highly respected art niche. Nancy Janine Thibert combines classical realism with modern ideas, media and techniques to create a unique contemporary style. It’s how she expresses her soul. For Nancy, the unicorn is both a literal and symbolic image of the purity she finds when entering her ‘dream state.’
The purpose of showing this outdated video is to give the viewer the best sense of the actual size of the unicorn wall art. Painting pieces this size in classical realism style demands alot of time. Three of the pieces ended up specifically for young audiences. In time more may get done. The original goal of doing twenty was perhaps a bit ambitious.