Number 1 in a series of interviews with artists showing in the gallery.
2) How long have you been an artist for?
Over 50 years
3) Favourite medium and why?
Oil – I love the buttery feel of it and the vibrant colours and glossy look
4) Your favourite subject to paint?
Animals or any Australia flora and fauna
5) How has your background affected your art?
I grew up in the outback and my father was an excellent drawer of horses, so I loved to draw horses as a child. Now I love to draw and paint all animals
6) What was the first artwork you sold?
Some wildflowers painted on porcelain. I started with wildflowers when learning porcelain art
7) What work are you most proud of?
A portrait I did of my three year old grandson (pictured below)
8.) Are there any paintings you wished you had kept?
No, I’ve kept the ones I am particularly attached to
9) How do you set up or prepare for a painting session?
I have my painting area set up all the time so when I have at least 2 hours spare, I do some painting
10) Favourite artist?
Tony White – watercolour artist. His work is so loose
11) What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone starting out?
Don’t expect to do a masterpiece in your first lesson. Even if you do a piece you don’t like, you still will have learnt something in the process and you will improve with each piece you do
12) As an artist, what are your goals for the next 5 years?
To loosen up and do more large paintings