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