Our second interview is held with group member/artist Lucy Southward
1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your equipment?
I am Lucy Kathryn Southward and I specialize in graphite pencil sketches. While I was studying at college, I started sketching as a hobby. Since leaving it has really developed into a full time job. I have only been drawing professionally for around 4 years.
My equipment consists of a cartridge paper sketch pad, graphite pencils (mainly mediums 4B and 8B) a putty eraser, fixative spray and few watercolour pencils (for the odd touch of colour). All my work is done at an easel and my base is a popular nearby mill shop in my local area.
2. What first inspired your interest in art? What continues to inspire you?
I don’t know how I was first inspired to do art. I guess I love being creative and making a true statement with my art. When I first started sketching at college, my drawings were very basic, not much detail and tone- but over 4 years of solid work, I have developed my own style and pay a lot attention to detail, my precision when I put pencil to paper has become something of a trademark to my work. I love a drawing to as good as the real thing, if not better!
3. What type of art do you enjoy the most and why?
Emotive art is a huge inspiration to me at present. A bold message and meaning in a piece of artwork can have a enormous impact on people. I am constantly moved by war, human emotions, power, captivating eyes, everyday life etc.
4. Where is the most spectacular place you’ve ever been?
The most spectacular place I have ever been to has to be Los Angeles. I have been twice over two years and am planning a third trip. I am particularly fond of a little island called Santa Catalina just of the coast of Long Beach. It is like paradise. The scenery is delightful and the air is peaceful. There really is no other place like it that I have been to! I recently drew a picture of the two most prominent buildings at Catalina Island- the main town of ‘Avalon’.
5. What are your dreams, goals and aspirations as an artist?
My main goal is to be successful, to get recognized and to earn a decent living through my art. With having a small shop in a popular mill shop has helped me greatly. Slowly but surely my name is spreading.
6. What has been your greatest accomplishment as an artist up to the present date?
My greatest accomplishment as an artist has to be without a doubt my fine friendship with the daughter of well-loved and famous comedian, Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame). Her dear closeness has given my career a big boost in the right direction. I am very lucky to know such a kind hearted and lovable lady. It is very humbling to know that she appreciates my work of my well-known portraits of Laurel and Hardy more than anyone in the world.
7. Do you have an inspirational message you would like to share with other artists?
My only inspirational message to other artists is; Keep trying! If you really want something in life, you will get it, even if it takes a long time to obtain!
Thank you very much Lucy!!