Who is your favourite artist/designer/photographer out there at the moment?
One artist’s work I always enjoy is Mick Kirkby-Geddes, it’s always nice to see one of his sculptures in an unexpected place. I love metal art, and it’s interesting to see what he can create out of old scraps, especially when it’s full of cute animals.
What is your favourite thing that you’ve ever made/drawn/photographed?
So far my favourite work I’ve created is a series of paintings that are being used as album artwork for Mark Morriss’ “A Flash of Darkness”. Mark used to be the lead singer in a band called the Bluetones, a band that have meant a lot to me for the past 15 years. The boys and their fans have always been very supportive of me (infact it was one of their fans that I sold my first ever commission to) so I was honoured when Mark asked if I’d do the artwork for his solo album. Even more so when he told me what he wanted… the cute animals which I often paint, but turned evil. It was a lot of fun to do something familiar but a little bit different, turning what would usually be the prey into killers after revenge.
When life gets a bit monotonous, dreary, predictable and dull, how do you motivate yourself to keep going?
I usually find the best way is to take a night off. When I’ve lost my inspiration or just feel like I’ve been stuck painting the same thing for too long, I go to the pub to see my friends and try to completely forget about anything art related. I usually find the next day (and after people’s stories of their day jobs) it doesn’t seem all that bad.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Most my inspiration comes from nature. There’s so much beautiful scenery around that you don’t really have to search for it, and I’ve always lived in a house full of animals, so painting them has always seemed like an obvious choice.
Why did you start crafting?
I never made a conscious decision to start crafting, it’s just something I’ve done for as long as I remember, so there is no reason for starting, there has just never been a reason to stop.
How do you spend your free time if you aren’t crafting?
At the moment I work part time at the Nightingale, so a lot of my free time is spent in the pub (it’s just so hard to leave after work), or at home listening to music with the cats and the rats.