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 Sam to tell you a bit about herself and her art….
First of all, who are you?
Hello! My name is Samantha Neville and I am a freelance illustrator living in North Devon. I work from home with my Husband looking out over my garden..watching the birds and keeping an eye on my two cats!
I have worked as a watercolour Artist for over 15 years..originally as an In – House Artist for a Greeting Card publisher in Bath. I moved back home to Bideford almost 4 years ago..after many years of living just outside of Bath. I also work digitally with photoshop too, as it is really important to be able to change and move your artwork when needed, especially in the Greeting Card Industry.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
When I was little I wanted to be a Nurse..but I was always colouring in with my pens and pencils! I loved collecting scented rubbers and pencil cases!
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
The funniest thing that happened whilst I was working in an art studio..
I was always asked to deal with any animal visitors..we had a baby seagull that got into the reception office…a neighbours cat paid us a visit..and a swarm of bees appeared in the ladies loo..(But I couldn’t really do anything about that one!)
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part about being a ‘Creative’ is the competition..its very competitive..and you have to hold your nerve and keep going..whilst creating new artwork, especially in the current climate.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
The advice I would give to anyone starting out as an illustrator is to try and paint and draw everyday if you can..research the area you want to work in, set up an area that is just for you so you can surround yourself with inspiration..a little desk or table…collect books and magazines anything that you love. Make mood boards that you can have to inspire you. Draw from life and nature..anything you love..collect fabrics…shells, pebbles..press flowers..take photos for reference, keep a scrapbook. If you can get a job in a Publishing Studio..or if you freelance and have built up a portfolio, approach an agency to represent you.
What subjects inspire you?
I’m inspired by nature like many Artists and illustrators..I love animals, trees, flowers..the beach! I’m always picking up little shells and bits of driftwood.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I love Lisbeth Zwerger’s watercolours, Domino Magazine.. and I’m obsessed with interior design.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Some of my favourite Artists no longer with us are Gustav Klimt, The Bloomsbury Group (Artists and writers that lived together..worth a google!), and Margaret Armstrong.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My artwork is all available and licensed through Bright Art Licensing Agency in a digital format..as I don’t sell physical artwork..But I do have boxes full of paintings! I occasionally pop them in a frame..or give them away.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
My favourite cheese is ALL CHEESE! except goats cheese! What is not to love about cheese!!
Babybel Cheese is never safe in my fridge!
My artwork can be licensed from Bright Art Licensing Agency.
All images copyright Samantha Neville.