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Ask the Artist - An Interview with Stuart Roy

An interview with Stuart Roy. His favourite spot to paint is around a place called Salthouse in Norfolk. It is a mixture of marshes and beaches with views out to sea.

Tell us something about yourself ?

I can be a grumpy old man at times and am getting worried that I can rant some mornings at the news on radio 4.

I live in two houses, one in Suffolk and one in Norfolk.Both are completely different to each other and it is refreshing to have a change at times form one to the other because they are so different.

Did you do anything else before becoming an artist ?

Years ago I worked for the Gas board designing their showrooms and their point of sale.I then became freelance when my son was born and I looked after him whilst my wife worked. I used to then freelance as a visualiser, an advertising photographer and also a model maker.So quite varied.In later years I learnt how to produce visuals on a computer and used to mainly work for event production companies, producing plans and visuals of forthcoming events.

How would you describe you work ?

My work is slightly impressionistic but realistic.Previously I used to paint in a very "photographic" approach but now prefer to try and create an impression of things.

What's it like to be an creative person ?

I'm always searching to produce the perfect picture but am aware that that will never happen.Sometimes I can look at a painting that I have produced in the past and wonder how I made it look like that.I always fear that my ability or talent if that is what it is may just stop one day.

What was your first ever design/creation of , do you still have it, if not where is it ?

I don't have my early paintings or models and I would probably feel that they are no longer relevant to me if I found one.

Who is your favourite artist past or present ?

I always have liked Jan Van Eyck and was very impressed by a painting of Sonja Knips by Gustav Klimt that I saw in Vienna years ago.Nowadays I think I am drawn to artists such as Pissarro.

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from ?

Most of them are from what I see around me but I have used odd sources such as images from films or TV. I tend to take photos or images from around Norfolk and combine them in a way that I feel is interesting.Often I will let a painting develop as I produce it, going with the way the colours evolve.

What was your first commission ?

I used to paint pictures of birds and produced a range of these for people when I was still at school.

What's your favourite creation or design that you have made ?

This changes as I produce new paintings.My favorite this week will not be that in a couple of weeks time and I often paint over previous works.

What is it about where you live that inspires you ?

In Norfolk it is the seascape and the large open landscapes and skies.It really is so flat that there is nothing to break the horizon.

What is your favourite day of the week and why ?

I don't really have a favorite day as I work for myself and one of the first things I found was that the days ceased to be important in the way that they are when you work Monday to Friday.

What's you favourite tool of the trade and what do you use if for ?

I have a couple of favourite brushes.One is a nice flat wedge shape and you can use it to paint skies while also using it's edge to create fine lines.

What are you working on at present, what's next ?

I have just had a commission from an interior design company for a a copy of one of my paintings ata larger size.

What's your favourite film ?

I like to watch films and crime dramas as well as going for walks.When we are in Norfolk we always make a point of going to the coast one morning and having breakfast near the sea at a favourite cafe. This has changed over the years but a recent film that I thought was very dark was The Dark Knight.

What are you reading at the moment ?

I am reading The Prince by Machiavelli.

What's the best piece of advice you have been given ?

Cash is King.

If writers get writers block, what do artists get ?

Sometimes you just have to stop and wait for inspiration to appear.The other side is that mistakes occur and that you can always paint over a picture and start again.Easy to say but not so easy to do.

If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why ?

I don't really want to be anyone else.I have enough trouble trying to be myself and I've been practising at that for a long time.

Do you have any tips for budding artists ?

Just keep going and don't give up.It takes a long time and a lot of effort to have sucess in anything now-a-days as there is so much more competition.

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