Angie, Describe a typical day in the Studio…
The Studio is part of the house, so I don’t have far to travel. I try and make it there by 8.30am. Some days begin much later and some days don’t finish at all they just roll into the next day. I hink that's all part of being a creative person, inspiration comes when you least expect it!
What is your process and technique?
My ideas can come from anywhere, an experience I've had or a thought, or a conversation. I source images and then try to combine them to a composition that works. I start on my iPad Pro with some images working out the basic shapes and colours and then take it to my large Wacom digital board where I draw over the marks I've made and create several layers until I'm happy with the result. It often takes weeks to hand draw each image and I often work on several pieces at once to keep them fresh.
Where do you get your dog breed pictures from?
A combination of dogs that I've met and taken pictures of. Some of the tricky details I source from stock photos on the internet.
Do you ever draw anything else other than dogs?
Yes! I've been working on birds recently and ....an octopus!.
Which piece of art is your favourite?
I think the Vizsla, Schnauzer and the German Shepherd are my favourite dogs at the moment and the kingfisher is my favourite bird.
Have you always been an artist?
I remember winning art prizes at primary school and feeling like it was ‘my thing’ very early on. My first degree was in illustration, but then became a landscape architect.
What would you be if you weren’t an artist?
I could never not create art. But a reliable income has to be the main priority when you are a parent and being an artist often isn't reliable.
What’s something that would surprise people about you?
Several of my most favourite pairs of shoes and boots were made by me.