As the studio is not yet habitable, I'm using an alternative space close by. It has no natural light, no heating and whilst there's plenty of character it is rather lacking in creature comforts! With these obstacles to overcome for the first time in two years I lifted the brushes and just got on with it. Gone are my interpretation of my viewers expectations, this is for me!
In truth I'd begun to lose the love of creating and threw myself into the art of selling work for other artists. Then from August 2015 my back catalogue started to drift off to new homes. Not slowly either! Thanks to a lot of help from Georgie Pridden and her PR company, the canvases went here, there and everywhere. That was so cathartic and rewarding and I began to realise I had some talent after all. I just wasn't channelling it in the right direction.
In our gallery, Bils & Rye, we ask our artists to supply us with the work they love to make, rather than the work they feel is the most commercial. That got me thinking and the result is a project I'm really looking forward to starting. Over the course of the next few months more will be revealed but for now, I'd absolutely love some feedback on my old work and thoughts about this yet to be finished self-portrait.
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