Tell us a little about what you make?
Paintings, both full size and miniatures. Illustrations for stories and songs.
What inspires you and where do you find that inspiration?
I am inspired by many things including the local environment where I live but also such things as local traditional Welsh costumes. I have painted a number of portraits as the subjects themselves have been the inspiration. For my illustrations the written word itself has been the inspiration.
Tell us about your favourite medium.
I use a range of media depending what it is that I am painting or illustrating. My favourites are watercolour and pen and ink, but I also frequently use acrylics.
What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an artist or maker?
I do feel pleased when I can create something that others appreciate and that I am happy with. If someone is enthusiastic enough to purchase what I have created, that is a bonus. I am self-critical and am disappointed if what I am working on does not turn out as I want it to.
What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you?
It has provided me with inspiration to continue with my artwork. It has also given me the opportunity to meet other artists and to find places where I can exhibit my work.
How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist/maker?
My work-life balance has changed over the years. When bringing up children, and also when working, painting was very much something to do in my free time. Currently, I do have more freedom to paint and draw when I want – there are always family commitments of course - so it all depends mainly on inspiration.
What are you working on at the moment?
Paintings ready for the upcoming summer Art Trail and illustrations for a book that is being sent to publishers.
How do you know when your work is finished?
That’s difficult to answer. For my own work it is when I feel satisfied with it. If I am working on a commission, it is when the commissioner is satisfied.
What is the biggest challenge of being an artist/maker?
Probably for all of us it is publicity and having a place where our work can be seen by those who would appreciate it. For myself I have studio space in the house that is used for other things which means I often have to move everything I am working on.
What advice would you give to new artists or makers at the start of their creative journey?
Find the medium that is best for you and that inspires you to create. Look for and accept comment/criticism, but remember that you are the final arbiter. Understand that the artwork you create, commercially, will only sell if it is being seen – publicity is very important.