During these difficult times I don’t think it is exaggerating to describe my studio as a life saver. I am able to walk to it every day, if I want to, and I take a flask of coffee and biscuit, and it brings me great joy and happiness to be able to create various pieces of artwork and keep myself busy.
In the past many of my early mentors would deride the work of illustrators and graphic designers as ‘not real artists ‘. They were so wrong.
The art of illustration demands many creative skills. Not only in the handling of materials to produce an acceptable result for a paying client, but also it requires an imagination and storytelling ability which goes way beyond the mere copying of a subject, as so many artists tend to do.
Includes five local artists.
Five artists from the West Norfolk area have had paintings accepted for a fundraising exhibition to support the London charity ‘Women + Health’ which has been supporting isolated and vulnerable women, including those who are survivors of domestic violence and rape, for over 30 years.
14 October – 27 November at Porch Gallery, Left Bank Leeds
Si is the son of member Mike Smith who wrote this introduction to the exhibition.
My son, Simon, is a professional illustrator and spends much of his leisure time simply drawing, as well as his illustration work.
New Year’s Day 2020 feels like a lifetime ago now. I’m certain we all had plans, big plans, small plans, for the year – for me there were exhibitions, craft fairs, teaching, workshops and shows, with something booked all the way through from the beginning of March till Christmas. I was excited. This was going to be my busiest year ever. I worried whether I would have enough work, frames and mounts, worried about whether tools and lino would arrive in time for the classes. I was worried it might all go well; I was worried it might all go badly –