“I love to draw, paint, sew, stick, twist, build…create.”
Do you have positive/negative memories of art when you were at school…?
Very positive, my art teacher ‘adopted’ me and helped enormously. She was married to the principle of Worthing Art College and presumed that I would go there.
What would your school report have said about your art…?
That my objective drawing was very good. -Grade A ‘O’ level.
Did you go on to further education in art or are you self-taught…?
Preliminary course in Art and Design followed by Fashion OND at West Sussex College of art and design. [Now Northbrook]. HND in fashion illustration and promotion at Epsom School of art and design. I am very anti fashion but the 2 courses included a lot of life drawing which I have always loved.
What or who has inspired you over the years…?
My mum’s best friend was a professional artist….so as a child it didn’t seem unusual to follow that path. I’m easily inspired…the list would be endless.
What artists do you admire…?
Norman Rockwell, David Hockney.
What is your favourite piece of work? (your ownand someone else’s)
With my own work I prefer the process of doing it rather than the end result….So I don’t have favourite pieces. Drawing fine details on a portrait is probably my favourite thing. I also love getting really messy with glue, paper and chicken wire.
I love Joanne Tinker’s quirky sculptures. Karen Risby’s stoneware/ceramics. I seem to prefer relief/sculptural work rather than 2D
What have you sacrificed for your art…?
Nothing…I’ve always done exactly what I wanted to do.
oooh…actually I really enjoyed rock climbing but it made my drawing hand ache…so I stopped.
What’s the best bit of advice that has been given to you…?
I’m not very good at listening…I don’t remember!
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist/craftsperson…?
Enjoy the process and don’t worry about the result.
How do you start a piece of work…?
My ideas seem to crop up when I run or swim. If it’s a realistic illustration I’ll source visual reference. For papier mache I’ll do a big batch of sculptures at a time. I have 2 boards sitting in the studio with stretched paper…they are ready and waiting.
Do you have a lucky or favourite something that you use that has been with you forever…?
Are you living your dream through your art? Do you have a dream or something you strive for….?
I feel so very lucky that I am now able to do a bit of everything. I have always meddled with a variety of materials which is easier now that I have the space to do it.
Is there anything you avoid with your art…?
Landscapes…I’m rubbish at them. Pastels…great to teach with but I’ve never achieved anything with pastels that I’m happy with.
When is it finished…?
I don’t always know.
Thank you Nadia, what a pleasure and honour to be able to chat with you, watch and photograph you at work….we are full of admiration,