Barbara’s Interview With SOTA Gallery

The following is an interview with SOTA Gallery, Witney,  for Oxford Artweeks 2014

What age did you realise art was something you wanted to pursue?

Too old to mention!

Did you study Art after leaving school?

No, I am completely self taught.

What inspires you to create?

Anything and everything! I try to surround myself with things I find beautiful and these items may find themselves in my pictures. Also I love plants, creatures (especially sheep) and landscapes. I try to be always open to new ideas.

Have you always worked in this medium?

Yes. I tried very unsuccessfully to use pencils and paint but am not able to express myself in the same way that I can with textiles.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Deciding to work full-time as an artist to give myself the opportunity to become successful.

Is there an Artist who’s work you admire?

No one artist in particular but I love work by the Impressionists, the light in Rembrandt’s paintings and Klimt’s pictures.

How has your work/Style changed over the years?

I started as a patchworker and used buttons and glue! Now I hand-stitch all my pictures and the images have become more complex as I have gained in confidence.

Where do you see your art in the future?

Developing the range of subject matter I tackle and also trying textile sculpture. I have completed a couple of pieces and I enjoy making something 3D.

If you could live as any artist for just one day who would it be and why?

I am happy to be me!

What advice would you give to a young artist just starting out?

Follow your dreams!