Who are you? What do you do? Why do you do it?
I’m Amanda Gosse, I am an artist and I do it because I love it and it feels more natural to do than anything else.
Do you have any shows coming up in the next six months?
With the epidemic, not at the moment, no.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Graphic artist, letterpress printer, typesetter, barmaid, estate agent’s secretary.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Australian artist, Ken Done, described my recent exhibition as “exquisite”. I was completely thrilled.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
No, I am quite a hermit so I relish time alone in the studio with my dog, podcasts and music.
What is your dream project?
To illustrate a bird reference book.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
What’s your favourite art work?
The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius (1622—1654)
What’s your favourite quote?
A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor.