When and how did you become an artist?
I have always been artistic but only in the last few years have devoted time and patience to working at various media and techniques. I have found that acrylic paint captures the intensity of colour and boldness of image that my imagination sees in the world around me. So I have concentrated on subject-matter close to my heart - my love of the great outdoors, of wildlife, our beautiful landscapes and nature.
I am currently going back to my roots and exploring drawing using pen & ink and coloured biro, which requires no, or little, mastering - just an ability to draw.
My 'Local Pubs' series demonstrates the detail and familiarity that this medium can reflect.
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
My artistic inspirations include all the Impressionists - Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Gaugin, Seurat, Degas, Turner.
Also the Pre-Raphaelites. Their detail, vibrancy and almost photographic representations are a wonder to behold. Not to mention their romantic, poetic subject matter.
I find further inspiration and motivation from all other artists who put their emotions, skills and art on display for people to walk past and ignore.
Tell us your favourite joke... :-D
It's the unsuitable one about the woman who answers the door wrapped in a towel to be greeted by her neighbour who, unknown to her, owes her husband £800. I can't really go into much more detail other than it is shamelessly sexist and voyeuristic. Very funny!
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