In­spi­ra­tion from ev­ery­thing

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Tell us a bit about your­self. As well as be­ing an artist I am also a farmer, a wife, a mother . . . and now a grand­mother!

I laugh a lot, quite prob­a­bly eat too much and def­i­nitely spend too much money on art sup­plies, or so my hus­band tells me.

■ How long have you been an artist for and how did it start?

I at­tended a se­ries of night classes in the early 2000s, and then through the li­brary and the in­ter­net chose to con­tinue to teach my­self to draw and paint.

Un­for­tu­nately through work pres­sures I had to shelve my progress for about 10 years, but in 2016 I fi­nally cre­ated a stu­dio and I am now draw­ing and paint­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

■ What medi­ums do you work with?

I work with all medi­ums from char­coal, to oils, to clay. If it can be used to cre­ate with then it’s fair game.

■ Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion from with your work?

I have al­ways lived on a farm and find my­self mainly want­ing to paint and draw the images I see around me ev­ery day — my farm, my an­i­mals, my back­yard, and es­pe­cially my cows.

I also love to paint ob­jects or scenes that bring back good mem­o­ries.

Ba­si­cally though I find ■ in­spi­ra­tion from ev­ery­thing.

■ What do you en­joy about cre­at­ing art?

I love the magic of art — the ‘smoke and mir­rors’ — the way that an artist tries to fool the view­ers eye into recog­nis­ing and see­ing just by putting ar­eas of light and ar­eas of dark onto pa­per or can­vas.

I also love learn­ing dif­fer­ent tech­niques to en­hance what I cre­ate.

It’s like learn­ing lit­tle bits of magic or find­ing an­other piece to a gi­ant jig­saw puz­zle you are putting to­gether.

■ What do you have com­ing up/ what will you be up to in the near fu­ture?

I have an ex­hi­bi­tion run­ning at The Arts Vil­lage un­til Oc­to­ber 27.

It is a col­lec­tion of more than 50 pieces that show my progress since those first few night classes in early 2000.

I have also in­cluded my two first visual diaries/sketch books to be viewed at the ex­hi­bi­tion so peo­ple can see where I started, warts and all!

Photo / Sup­plied

Re­becca Sim­monds with her hus­band Nick Sim­monds at the open­ing night of her ex­hi­bi­tion at The Arts Vil­lage.

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