Here is the interview as it's to small to read on the pictures......
What kind of material, tool and technique do you use for your creation?
It feels peaceful to your artworks, and how do you describe your creating style?
Other pictures of mine can be more whimsical and light hearted and are painted with a specific piece of writing in mind.
What's your inspiration from? Is there anything can inspire you from daily life?
Nature, stories myths, folk and fairy tales and a single word can spark an idea. A piece of music an image, film or an old object found can open rusty locks to creative doors in my head. I'm inspired by many things.I love notebooks and am always filling them with sentences that often come to me in the midnight hours. These often lead to a painting. At my desk on a daily basis I'm inspired by what's going on outside my window. The trees, their skeletal form in winter. The birds rooks and jackdaws that live in them. The light, how it falls , the constant changing of the sky, the windsong on the leaves.
It looks that your artworks contain a lot of animals, such as owl, fox and dogs. Why do you like to draw animals in your artworks? Would you share your design conception with us?
I use animals in a symbolic way. I've always been interested in stories using animals. Fairytales and superstitions relating to them. I use them as the inbetween link between us and the earth or ethereal world I suppose?
The owl sat amid the starlit forest in my painting 'The Keeper Of Time' for instance is just that an owl, but is also reminding us of wisdom and the passing of time. Or a wisdom lost over time.
The fox in my picture 'Wearing A Robe Of Gold ' is to me a prince in the landscape. He turns to glance at the light. I used the light to symbolise hope of things to change and the elephant hawk moth that has just hatched from it's sleep represents new beginnings.
Would you talk about your works “the hare” and “thrush”? What’s your design conception of these two images and why do you want to put people and animal in the image?
I use people and animals together to emphasise a bond. The Thrush picture or 'Nest' is about similarities. Reminding ourselves that we too are animals How we both have the same instinct watching over our offspring.The hare and woman is again about connection something passing between them. Unspoken, a feeling, a knowing between them. 'A Secret'
The image of “Magic Toyshop” looks has different design conception with other artworks. Would you share the creating idea with us?
The Magic Toyshop painting is an old work of mine. My palette and subject matter was much darker at this point in time. It was work I did at college and based on Angela Carters book of the same title. I won first prize as student Illustrator with it at the Benson And Hedges Gold Awards.
Will you try another creating style in the future? Moreover, do you have any latest artworks now?
At the moment I'm happy with my style of working. Although I would like to learn more about digital work. I would also like to do some much larger paintings and more book Illustration work. I'm working on preliminary ideas at the moment for my next painting about the circle and dance of Spring.
Now to the Novica giveaway! Before I announce the winner I have a little good news. Instead of one voucher for $75, I got things a little mixed up and actually have two! So.. that means two winners!
I asked my son and daughter to choose two numbers and they chose numbers 11 and 12.
So the winners are.... 'Deborah Long' and 'Bunnits'
Congratulations! Email me and I'll send you the vouchers! :-)