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Artist Interview 2021: Felt painter Nicky Heard

Nicky Heard is a talented mixed media Artist and winner of the Public Vote 2020 with her entry ‘Giraffe’. Within this interview Nicky discusses her background, participation with the Southern Nature Art Exhibition and her craft specialising in felt painting.   Beginnings Were you always interested in nature? I’ve always loved anything natural: landscapes, natural…

Interview with Emma Abel

The next interview this year is with Emma Abel, who is a self-taught mosaicist. Emma’s mosaics focus on endangered species to raise awareness of them and she donates to the charities that support these animals and birds. Emma also runs workshops too to help others catch the bug for mosaic-making. To view Emma’s pieces and…

Interview with Shelley Stevens

Shelley Stevens speaks to Megan in the next part of our interview series. Shelley is a mixed media artist and tattooist. Together we spoke about Shelley’s influences, her tattooing and the transition to canvas. Plus we spoke about lockdown and future travel plans. If you want to find out more, click here or check out…

Interview with Mandi Baykaa-Murray

In today’s video, Megan interviews Mandi Baykaa-Murray. Mandi is a wildlife artist, who has been named ‘The Feather Lady’ because of her unique and beautiful paintings of birds onto feathers. In this interview, we talk about how Mandi started out working with Birds of Prey and then how that developed to painting them on feathers….

Interview with Carolynne Winchester

    Our next written interview is with Carolynne Winchester, who is a pet and wildlife artist using a variety of mediums like watercolour, colour pencil and mixed media.         Megan: How did it all start for you? When did you start creating your artwork? Carolynne: I didn’t start to create art until…

Interview with Sylviane Thomas

In the next interview, Megan speaks to Sylviane Thomas, who specialises in seascapes and marine life paintings. She has always loved art, citing Renoir as an inspiration, but the inspiration for marine life came from her husband and holidays involving diving and snorkelling. Sylviane splits her time between Hampshire and France, always taking her pastels…

Geoff Read Book Interview 2021: ‘Earwigs to Rhinos’

Geoff Read has previously worked at London Zoo and Marwell Zoological Park.Within this interview Geoff discusses highlights within his career including watching the birth of a snow leopard and Princess Anne’s visit to the Zoo. Geoff talks us through what we can expect from his first publication ‘Earwigs to Rhinos’, reflecting on years of fond…

Interview with Fiona Champion

As part of the run up to the Southern Nature Art Exhibition, we are running a series of interviews, including some written interviews too.   In the first of our written interviews, Megan spoke to Fiona Champion, who is an award-winning, self-taught artist inspired by nature, in particular big cats.   Megan: How did it…

Interview: Mixed Media Artist Neal Griffin

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Neal Griffin, a mixed media artist that works in both 2D and 3D with a variety of mediums including oil, pencil, printing, soapstone, clay and plaster of Paris. Art has always been Neal’s main hobby and interest and he enjoys utilising different mediums.   “I like the…

The Benefits of Creating Art From Artists Themselves

Letting our creativity flow is beneficial to all of us in a multitude of ways. Creating artwork of any medium gives us the opportunity for us to experience these benefits.  We’ve seen over lockdown that people have taken up new hobbies, including art and photography, as a way of relieving stress, managing mental health and…