The Quickening emailCH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

CB: My style is hard for me to define in words; it is in continuous evolution. Maybe I could summarize it as form meets space- suitably vague! I think the world gets into a panic if it can’t define things… but I personally don’t mind.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

CB: At the moment my inspiration comes predominantly from observing/ communing with nature; the walks I take, the things that draw my attention- and the forms I collect to sketch and study, then it all gets processed, explored and translated through my inner world. I love to look at factual books on pattern, sacred geometry, nature guides on birds/trees/flowers/mushrooms… and on it goes.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

CB: To be honest, I try not to think too much, it ultimately puts me off doing anything! I start projects through an overwhelming impulse to create. A huge enthusiasm builds in me. it’s like my mouth starts watering at the idea of drawing something… I just love whatever it is, and want to know it inside out. It all just evolves from there.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

CB: I hope to make works that inspire people to look again at the things that are normally overlooked…. I hope to feed the viewer’s senses- make visually beautiful things… saying that, I don’t make work with a viewer in mind.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

CB: I live in Southern Oregon now, emigrating, from london UK, 3 years ago. I am married to another artist (Matthew Picton). My lifestyle as an artist has changed as much as my living location; I work at my art  about 5 hours during 4 days of the week (whilst my son is at school) Putting the hours in is paramount as my present way of working takes a lot of time (I finished a large drawing recently that took 8 months to complete.) I mentor a group of children one day a week. An essential component of my artistic practice is daily yoga/meditation, to get myself in the right mental or emotional space. If I ever feel frustrated or bored whilst doing my work- I go for a walk or read a book…. I don’t see the point in embueing my work with boredom! I like to travel and visit cities, galleries, Museums when I can.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

CB: A bit of both approaches is best for me. When I was younger, it was all about impulse. Now I do preliminary work, and formulate a broad plan – and often impulsively stray from it!

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

CB: Never do work just to make a sale. Your heart and enthusiasm have to be in it, or it is devoid of creative worth.- somehow rendering itself powerless and undesirable- usually.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

CB: Yes I do….

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

CB: Finding the right representation, gallery. I wish artists could have patrons like in the time of the Renaissance- we could all do with a Medici !

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

CB: Freedom to do what I want.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

CB: David Hockney, and his latest work.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

CB: Boring. But necessary.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

CB: Of course, but hard to quantify how. I feel I have a lot less stress than those that do so called normal jobs.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

CB: Traveling is a passion for me. I love San Francisco.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

CB: Hafis (Rumi poet), Eckhart Tolle ‘Stillness Speaks’. I’m more of a factual book reader these days.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

CB: I always have about 5 years worth of plans. My goal is to to remain an artist.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

CB: It’s the only thing I have ever wanted to do, I love my daily existence as one.



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