Where I am
North west Kent, England
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I grew up in Hampshire, near a place called Romsey. Neither of my parents are artistic, however my Aunt and cousins are, so the artistic streak obviously skipped my Dad!
I took Art at GCSE and A level; however I was only interested in horses as a subject and managed to convince my teachers they should let me do a whole final project on, well, equestrianism!
I have always had an interest in horses, and was lucky enough to have various ponies as I was growing up. My horses are still a huge part of my life so I have great fun juggling those, a full time job with commute, and my art! Housework doesn’t really get much of a look in!!
When did you first start drawing?
I actually couldn’t say, but I have always loved being creative. I can remember drawing horses at primary school and showing off my pictures to everyone!
Has it always been horses, or do you draw other subjects as well?
I love drawing horses – they are such a big part of my life. Although I have in the past drawn other subjects, and really ought to again.
Who are your main influences?
I wouldn’t say any particular artist influences my work as all artists have such unique styles – I could never begin to replicate what others produce. However, I love the classic artists like Stubbs and Adam.
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art?
I find putting on some good, upbeat music helps me get in the right frame of mind. ??
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art?
The Internet will certainly bring greater exposure for all artists. It’s also a useful tool to learn about new techniques, meet other artists (via forums etc). It can only be a good thing.
?Has it had an effect on yours?
Yes, it has certainly allowed me to market myself better! I have also discovered other artists, made contacts, and found out about artistic societies etc that perhaps I would never have known about.
The only frustration of the internet in terms of showcasing your work is getting accurate images. It’s very hard to take pictures of art that captures the exact colours, textures etc.
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
Hmm that changes with just about every new piece I complete! With each one I hope to see an improvement in my work.
Would you ever sell it?
Yes – One of the nicest things is to be able to pass on your work to someone else who appreciates and enjoys it, it’s a great feeling. I completed a commission recently, and the client actually cried when I gave it to them! I was quite stunned but delighted all the same!
What else are you passionate about?
I expect most people can surmise what I’m passionate about from my ramblings above!
Working on anything new?
I am working on a new commission right now, but have some plans for some original pieces of work in the near future.
More to Come
Thanks to Alexandra for answering the interview and sharing her work. Be sure to check out her art website periodically for updates about her latest works.
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