CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?
TF: It’s human nature I guess to need to categorize everything. I’m so influenced by just about every category of visual art to some degree or another and am constantly evolving my process and I suppose “style”. I suppose it’s a kind of naïve expressionism at the moment, but really it’s a lot of things!
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
TF: I can be inspired by anything and everything, from music to politics or even an overheard conversation in the street. Basically, anything that strikes a chord and resonates. Supporting adults With learning disabilities was a huge turning point though. I decided to unlearn what I thought I knew, I came out the other side with a renewed commitment to the spontaneity and freedom I’d recently found.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
TF: I devour images on social media, look up and listen to lyrics playing on my headphones, I can spend hours sometimes getting in the zone before I can paint. Then the focus of the painting, often a motif, may take only seconds to compose, painted at speed I aim to achieve a one-hit frenetic composition whenever I can.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
TF: Openness, and honesty – being true to one’s self.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
TF: Only a tiny percent of the time is spent making the work, preceded by hours of study, research, note-taking, doodling, getting “in the zone” etc and that’s after hours of emails, replying to collectors, ordering art and packaging materials, my lovely local framer occasionally, the list goes on….
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?
TF: It is helpful to have a spark of an idea, a lyric from a song for example, or a political sound-bite. I’ve realized or rather learned that this isn’t so important these days. What is important though is to go with your instincts as much as possible and the rest will follow.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
TF: Show up at the studio each day, trust your instincts, and don’t worry what people think or say about your work – stay true to yourself!
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of the highest importance?
TF: No, not at all. Substance over style every time for me.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
TF: Cash flow
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
TF: Freedom to say what you want and how. It’s worth more than anything and shouldn’t be taken for granted.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
TF: Of course, and way too many to mention!
TF: Tracy Emin for her openness and honesty, Edvard Munch for his ability to transcend just painting a figure by the imbued emotional weight, Cy Twombly for stepping right out of the box early in his career, and my students from the care center, who painted with such gusto and joy, giving 100% love, energy, and honesty in their work.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
TF: Why not?! I often doodle sketches on my phone or photograph an unfinished painting to Scribble over and try out ideas before committing to a painting. After all, it’s just another sketchbook. There must be so many unexplored techniques and tools that I’m just not aware of – yet!
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
TF: Maybe being an artist sharpens the visual perception of the world we live in, but it’s how we reinterpret maybe that matters.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
TF: I used to enjoy international travel massively, less so these days, I’m not sure why. I probably loved New York and Bangkok most of all for the vibe and the diversity of culture. Leipzig was great and I’ve yet to explore Berlin which must be next on my list.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
TF: Sadly I always found literature a chore but realized later in life that I am dyslexic and more of a visual person. One of the most hard-hitting books I do remember reading was “Sleepers” by Lorenzo Carcaterra, if you haven’t read it or seen the movie, it can teach you a lot about human nature!
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
TF: Besides world domination? Ha! Quite honestly, just to keep going, developing my practice and sharing my work, and engaging more with others.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
TF: It’s a privilege to be able to make a living from what I love most, and I thank those who have supported me along the way.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
TF: Big Exit by PJ Harvey.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
TF: I hope it continues to grow and evolve, changing shape as it often can, I hope that the viewer can relate to it in some way!