While we were in the Andalusian hills during the middle of December, we had the privilege of meeting a fascinating woman. We had come on an errand, and this encounter quickly became one involving a chat and sipping coffee outside her home while enjoying the winter sun.
Judith is the person who created the Christmas Nativity set that I showed you all in a previous blog post Our first Spanish Christmas
As with many people in her age group, Judith is a late starter when it involves computers plus social media. Though this is the complete opposite when it comes to her artistic talents which have developed over her lifetime.
These speak volumes.
Judith has kindly offered to be my first Artist interview for 2018. As she lives in Spain and her art is of the Spanish landscape and her pottery signifying cultural aspects, as in her nativity scene, it felt right to highlight her while we were still in Spain.
Thank you very much for participating in this interview, Judith and for allowing me to show off some of your work, with the photographs you sent the ones I took of your clay work and me.
We hope to see you again – Esperamos Verte de nuevo
In her own words.
What does painting mean to you?
Painting is a way to express my delight in the contrasts of light and colour and to try to capture my surroundings or the objects in a still life etc
When did you start to develop your creative side?
I have always doodled and drawn from the time I was a child, I enjoy the feel of a pencil or pen in my hand.
Did moving to Spain influence your painting or sculpture work?
Spain, yes, the light and colours are so stunning, bright, not misty as in the north [England].
What is your favourite colour, and why?
I think my favourite colour is yellow, for me it is a happy colour, full of light and joy.
Which artist or painter has influenced you?
I have been most influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard.
Is there a work of art you would like to have in your home next to your own work?
I would choose one of the Cezannes still life’s with apples.
What are the limits of painting?
There aren’t any limits. I enjoy trying to create a third dimension, which is why I also enjoy working with terra-cotta.
Do you think that art by local artists is appreciated?
This is a difficult question, within one’s village, there is a degree of appreciation, mainly friends and family but to extend ones “ audience”, is not easy nor very economical.
Is there an Art Gallery you would recommend visiting?
The Tate Gallery and the Royal Academy exhibitions in London.
The below article was written about Judith.
Thanks, everyone for viewing my second interview with another talented artist, more to be shown throughout the coming months.