Realism, Narrative and Symbolism.
I think painting can be as effective as literature in communicating these elements but without them, it is in danger of becoming solely decorative.
I have explored these same stylistic channels my whole career and tried to underpin them with strong figure drawing and traditional techniques: The result is a body of work with a wide ranging content, but always with a recognizable character. The images are hopefully enticing enough so that the viewer will look for meaning and ultimately be rewarded.
Nobody works happily in a vacuum but fortunately Painting is a solitary and contemplative pursuit that ,of itself, does bring great fulfillment and gives the artist that rare feeling of having achieved. Whilst it has not made me rich, it has made me, at times – happy.