An self-introduction by Gary, a first-time participant in Spring Fling:
I live at the base of the mountain Cairnsmore which is near to Newton Stewart, enjoying the tranquil surroundings that help so much in keeping my peace of mind and so allowing me to focus on my work. Happy mind, happy person.
SF: What do you make?
I am a portrait and figurative artist.
SF: Where do you make?
In my studio.
SF: Why do you make where you do & How long have you worked here?
Because I am interested in people and how they react to certain situations, and also how they perceive to be seen. I have been in my present studio for two and a half years.
I like the tranquil surroundings that I live in and the ease in which one can be in Glasgow or Edinburgh for some culture.
SF: What inspires you?
So many things, but I think that it all filters down to life and nature. Yes life and nature inspire me.
SF: Where do you go for a break from the hard work as an artist? (Could be a 10min cuppa or a 3-month holiday)
For a mountain bike ride, a run or a fell walk. I also like to take my camera for a walk.
After SF I am starting on a new project that involves landscapes, which is totally different for me.
SF: What is on the horizon for you nationally / internationally?
Getting work ready for the Ruth Borchard Portrait Competition, the MacLarin Open and the Paisley Art Institute Open.
SF: What is the favourite piece of artwork/design or exhibition you have seen in the past 12 months?
Van Gogh to Kandinsky – Symbolist Landscape in Europe. An exhibition at the National Gallery, Edinburgh last August.
Also the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery is one of the best exhibitions I have ever been to.
Know what you want to achieve and learn to recognise shapes.
SF: What’s currently playing on your studio ipod / cd player / tape deck / record player?
At the moment I am listening to John Lee Hooker playing with Canned Heat. Old blues music which I find really interesting.
SF: Tell us something not many people know about you
I am a buddhist
images (c) Gary Craig