1 ::: Why are you an artist Belinda?
Why am I an artist? Interesting question
,because it implies choice and I don't
feel I have one. For me the process of
not expressing myself creatively through
the use of colour, the mark of the brush
and the creation of images and movement
on a canvas would leave me feeling dead.
+2 ::: Could you tell us some more about
My paintings are my world, my fascination
for people, plants, animals and colour,
how I perceive things with all their energy.
I've spent my life traveling and living
in different countries, always trying
to see things with a fresh eye, my senses
constantly being stimulated, any preconceived
ideas challenged. For this reason I don't
like the confines of the canvas or of
perspective and more often than not my
figures burst forth as does the unlikely
prawn. The painting itself is like a journey
for me. I start off with a primed black
canvas and no preconceived idea of what
I´m going to paint. Working from
black, there is an energy and dynamism
in every brush stroke that it starts to
feed the painting .The face is the first
thing I paint and the story begins or
the world develops. The face tells me
where it is and what's going on. I never
paint the eyes until the last point of
the painting,at that point the painting
doesn't need me anymore it has its own
+3 ::: A lot
of seafood seems to feature in your work.
Does it have any special meaning for you?
Prawns and lobsters and fish of all kind,
fish and water for me equals freedom,
but there is no conscious symbolism here.
I love the shape of prawns and lobsters
and their colours. When I paint I taste.
For me painting and cooking are very similar
experiences. I experience taste sensations
with colours so the use of colour is very
sensual and satisfying. I paint quite
a few situations where people are eating,
drinking etc. and consuming in general.
I don't really like to analyze my work
in any kind of way which is why I tend
to avoid talking about it. I don't want
to restrict any spontaneous imagery because
of what it symbolizes on an intellectual
+4 ::: What artists have influenced you,
was very influenced by early renaissance
art and illuminations along with primitive
art where the rules had not yet arrived
and a naivety still existed, but then
the beauty of form arrived artists like
Pierro della Francesca and Mantegna really
inspired me. On a more contemporary note
the French Impressionist Vuillard for
his colour and use of paint. Rothko for
his magic. Paula Rego for her strength
of imagery and the worlds she creates
and Ron Meuk's incredible sculptures which
have souls of their own. Graffiti and
music videos have also been a major influence
especially when I lived in NewYork in
I feel that I am greatly influenced by
film, video and photography.
+5 ::: What other interests do have (besides
I love gardening
and the many different methods of cultivation
in the world, especially alternative ones
.I practice Tai Chi and Yoga and meditate.
Different philosophies of life and cultures
I find fascinating. Photography, capturing
images is something I constantly do and
I guess traveling whenever I get the opportunity.
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
Anything can inspire me, something that
suddenly catches my eye, usually a bit
quirky or out of the ordinary, or a touch
of humour or an amazing colour. Quite
often things from nature, and when things
get tough, I try and remember it's because
I´ve usually got caught up in the
intellect of it all and when I just relax
and allow the fun side of painting to
come through with no expectation or judgment
of myself ,the painting starts to flow.If
that doesn´t work a total change
of environment usually works.
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
With great difficulty. Promoting myself
is one of the hardest things and has probably
held me back...the moment I let someone
else take over things just charge forward.
In the last few years I´ve submitted
my work for various prestigious group
shows and out of that has come a Television
Show to be aired this year, and from that
a gallery. Also getting my website up
has been extremely important, a lot of
work has been done on it to make it successful
and a lot more changes are due this yea.
But I find the business side very hard
and detracting from the creative side.
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ideally with 3 major galleries around
the world representing me. Allowing me
to work towards 2 solo shows a year and
the odd commission .wouldn´t that
be nice. All though l have a dream of
traveling around the world just capturing
faces and then filling a giant gallery
with all these different faces.
::: Could you talk about your latest series
of paintings and what you are trying to
achieve with them?
have an exhibition in June that coincides
with a television program for the BBC
in which I took part and was profiled.
So this is an important time for me and
my painting. I don't really want to talk
about my current paintings as I´m
really trying not to think about them
to much, but I have noticed they are getting
richer and with a lot more depth.
::: What advice would you give to an artist
just starting out?
Be passionate. Its not an easy life, but
its a real life. Most importantly believe
in yourself. It is filled with joy and
pain and can take you places and allow
you to do things with a freedom most people
don't have the luxury of. Unless you become
successful immediately you will live by
your wits and initiative.