Continuing on with the Sunday Artist Interviews – many are lined up, so keep checking back, I think we need a few more distractions from the rather scary times we’re all living in right now! I’ve actually been doing these interviews a year now! Here’s Max to tell you a bit about herself and her art….
First of all, who are you?
Hi I’m Maxine, usually known as Max. I live in a small village just on the outskirts of Pontypridd in the Welsh Valleys. By day I’m a Workforce Planner in the NHS and at weekends and evenings I’m an artisan, I paint and also create jewellery. My business name is just me Max Pring, Art & Crafts, I found it difficult to think of a business name that encompassed all my crafts lol!
For my art I like to work small, creating miniatures for dolls houses or ACEO Collectors using alcohol inks or occasionally mixed media and watercolours. I also work digitally creating artwork for personalised scrapbooks.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I wanted to be a designer, specifically to create record covers. Needless to say that didn’t happen, my first job was selling shoes, which wasn’t a bad job as I love those too.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I once got a hole in my gloves whilst using alcohol inks and didn’t notice, working away with bright green and purple inks and when I took the gloves off my hand was covered in bright green ink, I tried everything to clean it, not even bleach worked and it took almost a week to wear off! I had to keep explaining in work what it was lol!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
Remembering all the crazy, wild and wacky ideas I have thought up when I eventually get time to create! I find myself thinking of something unusual I’d like to try but at the most inopportune times when I can’t write it down and at my age I always forget!!. There must be a wealth of ideas stored somewhere in my brain that will pop up again one day.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to try lots of different mediums and ways of working until you find something you love to work with and do join a group, virtual or otherwise you will not only learn lots but have support from like – minded people when you need it.
What subjects inspire you?
I find my inspiration from the lush Welsh countryside, living near Pontypridd in the Rhondda Valleys I have beautiful views across the rolling hills and a wildlife reserve just down the road. There’s also a lot of old industrial sites where nature has stepped back in, but you can find some really old interesting textures and patterns on abandoned machinery so I’m never short of inspiration and try to protect the environment by being as environmentally friendly as I can be in my work using recycled materials where I can.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Banksy, his work is so emotive
Sam Toft, quirky and wonderful
David Hockney, for his perspective and use of colour
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Stan Rosenthal, for his clean lines and blocky prints.
J M W Turner, for the way he brought light into his work
L S Lowry for his portrayal of everyday life
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
This was painted using alcohol inks on acetate, Clematis it is 8×8 inches, I painted it back in 2014 and it’s still my favourite piece.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
This is the last piece of artwork I sold, it’s a small 2.5 x 3.5 inch artwork painted with alcohol inks on yupo titled Bluebell Haze
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Sadly being lactose intolerant cheese varieties are very limited, though a nice bit of feta with olives and tomatoes is a rare treat.