Art Speak

Each month a new featured artist bares his/her soul and shares inspiring, profound and helpful insights into their daily practice, about how they found their own style/voice on their varied paths to becoming professional artists.

Oh my God, I'm in the Tate and I think I'm going to cry.

Trudy Montgomery

I’m also interested in exploring the crossover point between what makes a landscape or an abstract painting, because when I’m at the coast or on the moor the two can so easily blur together. As well as wanting a level of accuracy in my work, I enjoy reconfiguring what I’m seeing to help express my emotions.

Saul Cathcart

I thought, maybe I can move to New York and incorporate whatever that magical New York dust … does for me and my work.

Robert Szot

‘My work is about setting myself up at a place where I feel my best so I can paint my best. I need to be out in the landscape to do this. I take a great deal of time to search out locations that speak to me for multiple different reasons.

Saul Cathcart

There are enough dark corners in my own life that I find interesting.

Robert Szot

I can eat butter? NASA send the Buttership!

Robert Szot

I can work on Mars? I have a studio? That’s okay then.

Robert Szot

I’m interested in how people put paint on the canvas, because that tells me everything I need to know about them.

Paul Wadsworth

It brings such a lot of joy into your life to feel you’re doing something that has purpose, and that’s worth your time … and that could be anything!

Robert Szot

I love that painting can transcend distance and time, and I wanted to be a part of that, to talk in that language.

Robert Szot

Edith Piaf will live forever and painting will live forever.

Robert Szot

I am going back to that ‘being-at-art-school’ feeling, where I’m trying to get over the feeling of being too precious about something, of keeping going, but not pushing it too far.

Maxine Hart

If you don’t have the basics, you can’t go off and do something pure abstract.

Paul Wadsworth

The best artists are the best editors.

Robert Szot

It is a difficult thing to dive that deeply into your own psyche – you’ll find it to be exhilarating, terrifying and rewarding, all at the same time.

Robert Szot

Colour is important to me. Some colours (not always in view) just feel right for the moment in which the painting is being made and this fascinates me. I find it is important to listen to my intuition but in the same breath be able to realise what a painting needs.

Saul Cathcart

I don’t start with any great ideas. I just start by chucking paint and colour at the canvas, and have that real playful time.

Paul Wadsworth

When you’ve got a white canvas and you’re chucking paint on, it’s very seductive. You’ve got to go past it … just move on because there’s a more amazing painting somewhere to be had.

Paul Wadsworth

It’s about finding that one small thing that you are so passionate about, that little ember that burns so deeply inside of you, and really wrapping every decision you make around that, as much as you can.

Robert Szot

It (painting) will never die out. It’s such a great way for an individual to mark their time out and to express themselves, and say “This is what was going on when I was here”.

Robert Szot

There’s nothing more interesting than your own voice, than the individual.

Robert Szot

The freedom I find at the coast is addictive and the sense of space feeds my creativity. For me a good painting has to capture this freedom in its construction. The paint has to have a rhythm and energy to it. My favourite paintings are the ones made with an almost brash confidence, yet at the same time hold a level of sensitivity to their surroundings.

Saul Cathcart

You’ve got to create failures too. If you don’t fail with stuff, then you’re not going to create the ones you really love.

Paul Wadsworth

Boy, Catherine! Way to put me on the spot! That’s a really big question!

Robert Szot

If a turtle can live for 200 years, I can do 140, right?

Robert Szot

Find something small to wrap your life around.’ Robert Szot

Robert Szot

It starts to become about who you are, and how to put yourself into the work. That’s the important bit.

Paul Wadsworth

There are fashions that come all the time. And some people get sucked up into that. You’ve got to be careful. Just paint who you are.

Paul Wadsworth

It’s about not worrying about starting something, making a mark, a colour! It’s simple steps, and learning to control it – controlling the drip!

Maxine Hart

When you’re a mum, you’ve often just got an hour/two hours, and that is it, before you go to pick someone up. I was worried I was going to lose my creative juices, but it very much honed my skill.

Maxine Hart

Painting takes your life and connects it to the lives of people you don’t know.

Robert Szot

Find something small to wrap your life around, and nurture that small thing as much as you can.

Robert Szot

The picturesque bit of your brain is going ‘Make it look like this’, and it can make you forget what painting is about, which is movement, expression.

Paul Wadsworth

Painting’s my life, it’s my living. It’s who I am and I like that. I like that.

Paul Wadsworth

I'm interested in how people put paint on the canvas, because that tells me everything I need to know about them

Paul Wadsworth

There’s nothing quite like feeling you’re not wasting your time to keep yourself motivated.

Robert Szot

I get to confess everything … through abstraction.

Robert Szot

A controlled dribble … I feel I’m that! Yes, I’m a controlled dribble. It’s all about letting things happen, but not too far!

Maxine Hart

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