1) Where are you based and why?I am lucky enough to have a home studio overlooking my back garden. I love the fact that I can go to my studio at any time of the day or night and paint when inspiration strikes.
Road to Bondi - Neelum
2) When and how did you first fall in love with art?
My earliest memory of art was when I was about 6 and my mum showed me how to draw a ‘balloon figure’. She was a terrible drawer and still is but I clearly remember thinking WOW! That’s when I first fell in love with art and I haven’t stopped drawing and painting since then.
3) David Young says in his book “a little guide to a big life”, that “Every great artist has a closet full of bad paintings” is this something you can vouch for?
Hahaha! Yes, I literally have hundreds! But I wouldn’t necessarily call them ‘bad’ just ‘lazy’ paintings…waiting to be ‘made good’. (ok, some of them are pretty bad)
Not everything is black and white - Neelum
4) Do you ever surprise yourself with how your works turn out? If so can you provide an example?Yes, I often do. I usually start with an idea in my head and often end up with something totally different. That is why I love to paint abstracts as they often turn out to be ‘incidental’ works.
5) What is your process?I work with all sorts of mediums, mainly acrylics and oils. I really love mixed media because I often have a hard time deciding which medium to use, so I use them all!
The Treasure Hunter - Neelum
6) Do you feel that your art reflects how you have evolved as a person over time? Or has it remained consistent throughout your career?Yes, Definitely!
My art has varied dramatically and evolved in all sorts of ways over the years, just as I have.
I paint what I feel, touch, see, smell and experience on a day-to-day basis.
I try not to have a distinct or constant style as I thrive on variety, spontaneity and the thrill of not knowing what my next ‘masterpiece’ will be.
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