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… First up we have the lovely Justine Pateman from Jakeart1 to answer a few questions… over to you Justine!
1 First off, who are you?
I’m Justine Pateman, the artist behind Jakeart1. I live on the south coast of Dorset with my husband, 3 children, 1 dog, 2 rabbits and 2 tortoises. I paint and draw obsessively which is handy as I’m now a full time artist (though the hours are very irregular as they have to fit around my family).I work mostly in my studio at the bottom of our garden and I do commission work of all kinds ranging from portraits to wildlife, pets to fantasy pictures. Left to my own devices I do a lot of wildlife and fantasy art. I mostly work in pen and watercolour or acrylics and I paint on a wide range of surfaces such as paper, canvas, stone, slate, wood and shells. I love to travel too and always take my work with me so you’ll often find me sketching the view.
2. 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 a child I wanted to be a fairy when I grew up. Failing that I wanted to be an artist. Obviously I never got to be a fairy but after years of lack of confidence in my art I am finally an artist.
3 .What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I can be clumsy so most of my clothes have paint on them, I’ve been known to drop my paint palette upside down on the floor which was a big mess as it was acrylics. Sometimes in the studio I’ll spend ages looking for a particular paint brush only to find the dog eating it and I was always finding that I’d just cleaned my paint brush in my drink. (I’ve solved that problem by now using a glass with a lid and straw.)
4. What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part of being creative is lack of time to do all my ideas. Obviously commissions come first when I’m working but then I have to also get the kids ready for school, walk the dog, do the washing and shopping and cooking. I bet Picasso never had to stop working to cook dinner! In the evening after helping the kids with their homework is when I might finally get time to work on my own ideas.
5. What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
My advice to a an artist would be just to get on and do it. And get your work out there. Social media is a fantastic platform so use it. I had cancer and that made me realise that life is too short not to do something you love because of lack of confidence. You have to just go for it!
6. What subjects inspire you?
So many things inspire me. Books, poems, tv, films, nature, my kids…..mostly ideas pop into my head when I go for walks which I do daily so if you are struggling for inspiration just go for a walk.
7. Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
3 greatest living artists. The first one is Sam Cannon. I absolutely love the detail in her work. Then there’s Josephine Wall who’s work is so magical. She’s a lovely lady and I meet up with her every year at the New Forest Fairy Festival. Finally I would say Tom Roberts. Again I love the detail and the imagination that goes into his pieces.
8. Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
My 3 favourite dead artists are Cesar Manrique. He was an amazing artist from Lanzarote. He did painting, sculpture, mosaic and architecture and seeing his work always makes me feel happy and inspires me. Then of course there is Vincent Van Gogh. I love the movement and colours he produced. Finally I would say Salvador Dali. His work can be completely bonkers but when you look at how he paints faces its amazing. They are so detailed and realistic. I was lucky enough to go and see his work at the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida last year and it was absolutely fantastic. (This was difficult as there are so many who’s work I admire. This could have been a massive list! Sorry Rembrandt, Picasso and Millais you were knocked off my list!).
9. What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My favourite work is my A Celebration of British Wildlife. I loved creating it and it holds a special place in my heart as it was my mum’s favourite too.
10. What was the last piece of art you sold?
The last original piece I sold was a pen and watercolour portrait of Jon Snow from Game of Thrones.
11.What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
My favourite cheese is Cheddar. Mature of course. It’s the best cheese for homemade pizza or cheese on toast. It’s a staple foodstuff in our house.