Who are your favourite artists and why?
Andy Goldsworthy is a big inspiration to me. I love the texture in his work, his relationship with nature, and the temporary, fleeting quality it has. When I first picked up a paintbrush and oils again after years of more design based work, his ‘Early Morning Calm’ was my starting point. I also love Mark Rothko’s huge block colour paintings. I feel you can get lost in them, and the depth and choice of colour is remarkable.
Tell us about a memorable exhibition or creative event you experienced.
One particular event stands out for me. When I was about 14, a friend’s family took me to see the Monet Exhibition at the Royal Academy. It was the first time I had seen artwork on that scale, and been in that kind of environment, it was thrilling.
Is there a common theme to your work?
My work often stems from nature. Taking inspiration from the smallest of details or the largest vista. Usually when I have travelled to that place, I then draw on the visual details, and the emotional response I have to it. Each piece starts as a small annotated pencil sketch, and grows from there.
What do you think art offers society?
Escapism in many ways, maybe in being provocative and drawing you in, or letting go in the beauty of something.
What do you love most about being an artist?
The freedom of expression it gives me.
Your favourite place to visit in London?
So, so many I cannot name one. I moved here 20 years ago to study and cannot imagine leaving.
Favourite way to unwind?
Glass of wine, good book, log fire, husband curled up with me…. a close second….trashy TV.
What is the single most important thing art has given you?
Number of hot drinks in a typical studio day?
I like lots of cups of tea, maybe 5 or 6, but it has to be milky southerner tea, I don’t do northern tea!
Most pleasing artwork you created to date?
I really love a small piece I did a little while ago called ‘Tofino Bay’. It’s very evocative to me of the place when I was there, and the emotions I felt. For myself I have captured the memory of it forever.
Share a tip for overcoming ‘artist’s block’
Go back to sketchbook and a smudgy 8B or graphite pencil, start a few pages in so it doesn’t feel like a beginning.