An Interview With Avril Brand

“Your first question:” how does being a creative person and pursuing your
creativity affect other aspects of your life:

That is a very difficult question. I love the idea that I am creative and yet I feel that I am not really.

I can only imitate what I see and try my utmost to convey it on canvas with paints, brushes, palette knife and even my fingers.

I always think of art (or being creative, then) as a process of passion and pain. I sometimes go into a ‘painting frenzy’… my poor husband hardly sees me and I paint for days and nights, hardly eating and getting very little sleep. Then it all stops and the world is back again – until the next ‘frenzy’.

Recently, I started giving art courses for people in my county. That takes a tremendous amount of my time and I am often frustrated because sometimes I have to ignore my own needs to paint.

But… the absolute joy of seeing how people who have never painted before and never believed they could, do the most beautiful paintings is incredible. It gives me so much pleasure to know that in some small way, I contributed to helping others find wonderful worlds inside themselves through painting.

And then this wonderful community at Redbubble – I cannot describe how hard it is to discipline myself from spending ALL my time here. There are so many beautiful images and the inspiration to paint is endless.

My life is totally overwhelmed by art and trying to help the animals I love. Fortunately, my family understands and although I feel terribly guilty about neglecting them sometimes, they know that I love them them beyond all description. Only my dog makes sure that he is not ignored when I am busy. :-)

“Your second question: " Tell us about one person or moment that has made your time on redbubble particularly special or meaningful:Rebecca Milne called me one morning to tell me about Redbubble. It’s hard being an artist and its harder still trying to make a living from art.

Rebecca (coolart) is an amazing person. We met on the Foundmyself forum and I absolutely adored the painting she did of her cat.

Rebecca said that she had dreamed about me and that I was trying to reach out. There are many many special people on Redbubble but Rebecca will always have a very special place in my heart.

“Your third question:” Show and tell us about five works on redbubble that
have moved or inspired you:

Only five! LOL. I could mention five hundred!
But I will try hard although the choices are really difficult. I already mentioned Rebecca and her cat so I will try to find only five.


Saleire’s work is stunning – all of it. But this image is so special. It’s probably one of the least complicated of all her work, yet it stays with me as one of the most gorgeous and poignant.


Tony has the ability to do wonders with photography. Especially photo’s of Ireland – it is as if feels all the different moods and times that made this land. And I love his quick wit.

Arie is incredible.

Simply put: this painting is everything that I cannot do and would like to and I absolutely love it.


simply makes me want to run to my easel and paint her photo’s. She has the most wonderful way of depicting animals and I become obsessed with wanting to paint when I see her photo’s.


This photo from Macky made me cry with longing for my country of birth. Macky, being the special guy that he is, named it for me. I love Macky’s photography because it is as if he sees through my eyes everything I love about South Africa.

Only five… that was very hard as there are still hundreds to go.

Jacqi, you are also on the list but you know I love your work anyway.

I would like to thank everyone at Redbubble for welcoming me and for the overwhelming kindness you have all shown.


“Thank you Avril and please, everyone reading, do have a look at Avril’s portfolio of wonderful painting” here

An Interview With Avril Brand


Inverness, United Kingdom

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