Where I am
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
Horses have always been a huge part of my life. An interest in art and drawing in particular from a young age coupled with my love of horses seemed a natural progression.
When did you first start drawing?
Ever since I can remember! I recall spending time at primary school drawing with friends marvelling at work.
However, I only started drawing seriously in 2008 due to the encouragement and support of family and friends.
You don’t just draw horses, what is your favourite subject to draw?
Horses are my most requested subject, however I have recently started drawing dogs and cats as well as completing a portrait. Horses are my favourite subject to draw without a question due to their grace and undeniable beauty.
Who are your main artistic influences?
The precision of Leonardo da Vinci’s work is a major influence as it inspires life like interpretations of subjects. The painter George Stubbs is also a major inspiration due to the use of form and shape. Sheona Hamilton Grant and Clive Meredith are two graphite artists who have shown me the power of graphite as an artistic medium.
You are primarily a graphite artist, do you dabble in any other mediums as well?
Unfortunately, I am pretty useless with other mediums!
I feel that graphite gives me more precision than other mediums and precision is what I need to create my detailed work.
Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
A few of my drawings are based on animals I know well. All others are commissioned and obviously based on a subject that is personal to the client.
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art?
Not really. However, I find I focus and enjoy working on art best in the evenings.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art in the future?
A major impact. The Internet is a tool that when used correctly, can showcase your work effectively. However, it can also be detrimental. Image copyright infringement is an increasingly worrying issue as image theft increases making the effort artists put into their work, wasted.
Has it had an effect on your work?
The Internet has allowed me to connect with clients which has meant increased interest in my work.
It has also enabled me to connect with other relevant artists, thus enhancing the quality and variety in my work.
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
Bertie. I just feel as though I’ve captured his personality and I love the serenity in his eyes.
Would you ever sell it?
It doesn’t actually belong to me any more! I was a gift to Bertie’s owner.
What else are you passionate about?
Horses and animals generally which I think is clear from the above!
I’m also passionate about conservation. The increasingly worrying issue of climate change has made me interested in the mitigation and adaptation options surrounding climate change and how they can be implemented to greatest effect.
Thanks to Rebecca for answering the interview and sharing more about her lovely work. Be sure to subscribe to her blog to see what she’s been up to.