First of all let me wish you a a very Happy New Year and Happy New Decade too! Without further ado, here is the next Sunday Artist Interview for a New Year starting with Sam from ArtisamJones…
First of all, who are you?
Hello, my name is Sam and I am the person behind ArtisamJones. I live on the south coast of Cornwall with my husband Keith and our little rescue cat called Boots (she may be small, but she is the boss!).
Art has always featured in my life, and I have dabbled with many different disciplines throughout the years, especially my years in college. Most of my art now consists of pencil work (be it graphite, coloured pencils or pastels) and acrylic painting. I lean toward realism and detailed animal studies, and am currently painting my way through a series of birds that visit our garden.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I was a horse mad child and dreamt of being a Canadian Mountie, not because of a desire to keep law and order, but so that I could spend every day on horseback in what I thought at the time was a rather fetching red tunic!
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
Only a few days ago I lost my favourite detailing paintbrush down the plughole whilst cleaning it, it just slipped straight through my fingers and down the tiny hole. Retrieving it involved crawling into the dark void of the cupboard and dismantling the pipework under the sink. It was more of a laugh or cry moment really, but I can laugh about it now that I have my favourite brush back.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
There is always a danger of comparing my own work to others, which I try hard not to do, and there are times when the creativity dries up. I find that it is not something that I can just push through, and have learnt over the years that it is best to just walk away and do something else rather than to ruin a piece just because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Keep on creating! It’s hard not to see a piece that didn’t work out as a failure, but it is all part of the journey, and art is a never ending learning process, so never give up!
What subjects inspire you?
Most definitely nature and animals – the natural world is a bountiful resource that will never cease to amaze me, I don’t have to go any further that the garden to find inspiration and ideas, and when I choose subjects from further afield I learn what I can about their life and habitats, I think it helps to have a greater understanding of their world when I try to depict them. Cats of all shapes and sizes often feature in my work too, their eyes draw me in.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
My current favourites are all artists that connect with animals and nature:
Robert Bateman, who’s paintings capture such an atmosphere and depth of feeling. You feel as if you can step right into them and become a part of their environment.
Sophie Standing, I absolutely love and admire how she works with textiles to produce her art. I often look at it a wonder how it is even possible.
Beth Cavener, who’s sculptures combine the animal form with human psychology, harder for me to explain here, but look her up – You won’t be disappointed.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Katsushika Hokusai has been a favourite since I first saw his ‘Great Wave’ and I love the bold simplicity of his designs.
Pablo Picasso is one of the greats, and I have been fortunate enough to see two of my favorite works in real life, Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Claude Monet had an amazing ability to capture light and colour in his paintings, a return visit to Paris is necessary for me to see his Waterlilies as the last time I went the Musee de l’Orangerie was closed for refurbishment.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My favourite piece of work can change from day to day, but I have had a recent fascination with Corvids, and this Raven is currently one of my favourites (Ref from Terence Porter)
What was the last piece of art you sold?
The last piece of art that I sold was a print of one of my most popular pieces, nicknamed Clover Muncher.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
This is a tough question, I am a cheese-oholic! I find it near impossible to decide between a good Stilton with grapes and walnuts or a creamy Brie that is soft enough to ooze across the plate, just feed me CHEEESSSE!