How are you doing now?
Today is a good day, the sun is shining and its warm enough to feel exotic. I’ve just come back from the local garden centre which felt like a rare treat.
Whats lockdown like for you?
Lockdown has been busy but wonderfully peaceful. I’m usually framing for other artists in my home studio so that all had to stop for a while and I’ve been furloughed from my job at the local Art shop. So it’s been a rare chance to immerse myself in painting. We welcomed a little Daschund puppy into our lives in February which has been a lot of fun and a big distraction from the rest of the world. I also have an allotment where I’m growing lots of beautiful vegetables, herbs and fruit, and it’s been nice to have a break from normal life to really enjoy it rather than rushing to get everything planted in time.
Are you able to work/ where is your studio normally? What's your current set up.
I work from my studio in my house. Most of the studio is taken up by my framing business but I have a special corner which is always dedicated to painting - I’ve usually got a painting on the go and it’s nice to be able to potter around and come back to them when I feel ready.
What projects are you working on now?
I’m painting seascapes with people enjoying the salty sea for the Vtamin Sea show! Otherwise I’m not really working on anything in particular, I’m just painting what feels right. There are lots of recurring themes in my paintings and I think they go in circles, but my style is constantly changing and refining.
Is lock down / coronavirus having an influence on your work?
I think it has, when lockdown first started and it was hot I was fixated on going to the beach. Where I live here in Brighton the beach has a crazy vibe. It’s a real buzz of activity from different subcultures, like the boys who play basketball, the clubs with girls singing along to pop songs outside, grandmas with fish sandwiches there’s always so much going on. I realised that this year it would be different, quiet and that made me sad so I started painting crowded beaches from around the world where people were cramming themselves in in all their colourful glory.
Which artists/ instagram accounts are you most addicted to now?
A friend of mine @trendoodla set up @isolationartschool wich has been really nice to follow. Also, these ones keep me sane @jill_sives, @lailacooks, @5oclockapron @carsonellis @tarabooth @timkeypoet @rachaelannacocker
What are you listening to/ reading/ watching when you can?
Moondog! Currently reading ‘One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich’ by AlexanderSolzhenitsyn. I’ve been really enjoying Mary Beards documentary series about Ancient Rome.