What do you think regarding this mythical creature called “inspiration”?
Chuck Close says “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get to work!” I agree with this statement. The work fuels the inspiration, not the other way around, for me anyway. I will find myself in the flow of a painting and time will disappear and I will step back and see something wonderful. Sometimes! Most of the time I find the more I paint, the more I get out of my head and into my heart. I think that’s where inspiration lies. Once I dreamed of over-painting one of my canvases blue and woke up, went to the studio and did just that. It’s one of my favourites. Beachlife 18
. That happens a lot to me. An idea will come to me in a dream.
At first, you have started to paint animals, then your subject of interest changed towards people and scenes when they’re playing crucial roles. Why are people so interesting to you?
I wish I knew! I dream of being an abstract painter like Joan Mitchel! Maybe I want the subject matter to acknowledge me as the painter.
Your inspiration is water. It is visible in your art, paintings are very liquid. When I look at them, I feel a bit of nostalgia. I am wondering whether is it only me or indeed you are trying to evoke such feelings with your work?
The water paintings came as a result of witnessing my children playing in the water at our cottage, and then scuba diving in the Caribbean. I see water as a Divine element, life-giving and life-affirming. A universal memory, whether real or imagined, of living in the slipstream of life..a metaphor of sorts..
Where lies the border between abstract and figurative art in your work? A couple of times I have caught myself looking at your painting as an abstract one then later I have discovered that there is something more, people, their carefree time.
Thank you! I am working hard towards abstraction! it does not come organically and maybe not in this lifetime but the intention is to capture the essence.