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'Artist In The Spotlight'

Hello everyone and welcome back to our popular blog feature. Wow, we're already four artists in! I hope you're enjoying this series as much as I am enjoying writing it.

The featuring artist for this week is the lovely Sylvia Paul. I have loved getting this extra insight into her creative process and I hope that you do too.

Q. From what/whom do you draw your artistic inspiration?

A. My inspiration often comes from nature in landscape and gardens. I have favourite places that I visit throughout the year to capture the changing seasons. Fresh cut flowers from the garden have inspired many oil paintings over the years.

The mediums I use inspire me too. The excitement of working with luscious oils, thick paint creating layers and textures.

My collages are more abstract but building on these inspirations. The collage papers I have collected and the new experiences of visiting other countries and cities, particularly Japan, have inspired a whole new direction in my work.

Q. What motivates you to get up in the morning?

A. I always feel I can do better and that I have more paintings inside me waiting to be created.

Q. How would you describe your artistic style in three words?

A. Expressive, Lively, Layered

Q. How have you been creatively passing time during lock-down?

A. I have been busy painting in the studio making the most of the time. Once we were able to get out more I did some charcoal sketches in the landscape

Q. Did you always want to be an artist?

A. From about the age of 10 I knew it was going to be my main thing.

Q. What is something that you enjoy getting up to in your spare time, outside of art?

A. Apart from my painting I also work in textiles but this is art too. This love of textile art came from enjoying all kinds of needle craft since childhood.

My family, including three granddaughters, take up most of my spare time.

Q. What advice would you give to any aspiring artists out there reading this?

A. Practice your art. Work hard. Don’t give up.

Q. Do you have a favourite artist/piece of art?

A. I have always love the impressionists especially Monet, Bonnard and Pissaro. Matisse is a favourite and I recently visited Malaga and the Picasso museum which was fabulous.

Q. Do you have anything exciting in the works that you are enjoying/looking forward to sharing?

A. I have enjoyed working on some very small paintings 15 x 15 cm these are in contrast to my larger oils up to 100 x 120 cm. It’s exciting working on a large scale but also to see a series of small ones develop.

Thank you once again everyone for reading and supporting the Gallery blog! We look forward to the next instalment of this series, and as always please do pop in, have a good browse through Sylvia's work as well as all of the other incredible local talent and do say hello to our welcoming team.

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