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This week I’m doing something a little different!

Nicola Holland took part in a blog hop that’s spreading across the globe of artists and I have decided to join in!

It’s a simple, mini self-interview that sticks it’s beak under the hoods of artist’s lives and the way they think about their work.


Why do I create/write what I do?

I create my art because it gives me a feeling of expansiveness and happiness. Transforming a blank canvas or piece of paper into something that “speaks” to people who see it! I love to see and hear people’s reactions, be it a pet portrait in pastels, a large canvas or a Pen & Ink drawing. I get such a thrill when I look at the finished article and realise that I made that!


How does my work differ from others of this genre?

I don’t really have a genre as such – mainly I paint or draw from my own photographs. I love the detail and putting in the fine hairs on an animal, or the little stones and pebbles in a street. But I am just as happy to make something abstract and to add extra sparkly bits and pieces to catch and reflect light. I am a firm believer that what we feel influences our art, so I teach students to be present and calm when they are creating an art piece! Unless of course they want to portray something emotional and have people react to that! I have learned to immerse myself in whatever feeling I want to come alive in my art, so that people who look at the art get a small feeling of this too!

What am I working on?

Currently I have 3 pieces in various stages of completion!

There is a two metre long narrow canvas for a seascape to go above my bed


An oil painting of an abandoned house from Kolmanskop – a ghost town in Namibia

Kolmanskop - a ghost town now!

Oil painting in Progress

A Pen & Ink drawing.

pen and ink in progress

I am also busy turning my “live” basic drawing lessons into an online course. If you want to know when it will be ready click here!

Learn to draw

How does your writing/creative process work?

As I said, most of my work is from photographs I have taken, whether it’s locally in and around the area I live, or on a longer trip or holiday. My camera is never far from my hand. I can get stuck into my studio and paint and draw for hours on end, until I realise it’s time to take a break and see what’s happening in the world outside! I’m inspired by sunsets, clouds in the sky – especially at sunset or an approaching storm, waves crashing on the shore or the sounds of nature.


Sea view

Seaside – Acrylic paint on paper


If you’d like to join along in this global “Blog Hop”, simply answer the same questions and link back to this post, or Nicola Holland’s post ! Let me know in the comments below about your post and include a link so that I can give you a shout out.

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