1 ::: Why are you an artist Emily?
was never any question of doing anything
else. I sold paintings even as a schoolgirl.
It is my fascination, satisfaction and
::: Could you tell me some more about
dont talk about my art except in
a very practical way. Maybe the history
of a particular composition or a technical
problem. I think about it all the time
but each painting is its own problem or
::: What is it that inspires you to paint
a particular subject?
subject has shown me a beautiful, interesting
or magical property which I want to show
to other people.
::: What artists have influenced you and
with early Flemish paintings (eg Hans
then Dutch still lives (eg Bruegel*),
the early Italian (eg Mantegna*).
More recent painters include Fantin-Latour*.
I appreciate principally qualities of
abstract composition, sense of line, tender
or delicate subtlety and bravery.
::: What do you do for fun (besides art)?
unusual in what I take pleasure from but
Im into fun for its own sake.
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
Just keep looking, looking and looking
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
My parents were self-employed and often
overdrawn and so I took the business side
of it quite seriously. A professional
portrait painter once advised me If
you want to be a portrait painter, first
of all buy a filing cabinet.
Portraits supported me while I became
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope that the critics will be more keener
on my work and that I will be more confident.
::: What is it about still lifes that
keeps you painting them, and what are
you working on at the moment?
lives can contain all the qualities that
I search for (see 4) without the distractions
of a larger and more complex subject.
I have just finished putting a little
portrait into a rather cold still life.
The portrait has brought in life and warmth.
::: What advice would you give to an artist
just starting out?
make sure that you know what really good
painting is by going to the best galleries.
you want to be professional you must never
rest until the picture is one hundred
yourself a time limit, say two years.
If no one who is knowledgeable wants to
buy or hang your work, dont go on
banging your head on the wall. But while
you try, give it every drop of sweat that
you have in you.