Over the next coming Sundays I shall be posting my own artist interviews with some of my favourite people who reside in this multitalented world of art… Today we have the the wonderful Imogen Clark to answer a few questions… over to you Imogen!
First of all, who are you?
Hey, I’m Imogen Clark of Dusty Souls Art. I live on the North East coast in Whitley Bay with my husband and dog. I paint wildlife and local scenery and am renowned for my paintings on feathers and shells.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
From a young age, I wanted to be an artist and planned my early qualifications towards becoming a fashion designer though an artistic profession didn’t become a reality for another 25 years!
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I’m a brush licker (not healthy I know) but am known for my painted lips and teeth…in fact I have been called Aunty Paintface on a few occasions!!!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
I don’t think there’s a hard part to being creative but I can with no doubt say that the hard part of being self employed (art is my only income) is the M word…money. My husband is a creative too so we live solely from our sales. Some months are tighter than others but we always seem to manage somehow!!! Still…the stress leading up to ‘bill week’ can be debilitating.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Be true to yourself. A career in the arts isn’t for the feint hearted. Find a USP (unique selling point), a thick skin and an abundance of patience, but most of all enjoy it!!!
What subjects inspire you?
Wildlife and my surroundings. I truly believe artists see their world differently to others. We see in form and colours, the curve of a spine or the sunlight through a wave are inspiration to me.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I love all art so this is hard. Mark Ryden is one of my all time favourites though. Otherwise, I’ll just say that I appreciate, admire and applaud all artists trying to make a living from their work!
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
John Martin, Albrecht Durer, Aubrey Beardsley
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
Castle Hill is a large 36×30 acrylic on canvas taken from my own reference photo of a local scene. It’s the only piece of art that I’ve never put up for sale and it hangs on my living room wall.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
My most recent sale was a wee feather burst covered in bees!!! It got snapped up so fast and buzzed off to it’s new owner.
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Is there a best cheese??! THEY’RE ALL THE BEST!!!