SPRING FLING 2012 PARTICIPANT
Born in 1947, landscape painter Hazel Campbell has lived and worked in Galloway for most of her life. She attended Jordanhill Teacher Training College where Art was the specialist subject in the final year and attended classes with Archie Sutter Watt RSW for thirty years. Hazel has exhibited extensively in the UK and for the last thirteen years she has also run summer schools from her farm studio.
SF: Where do you make?
I have a wonderful stable conversion on the family farm opening out on to a traditional farm ‘back garden’
SF: Why do you make where you do & How long have you worked here?
I no longer live on the farm, but find it more fulfilling to work away from home with no distractions. I have also run summer schools from the studio for 13 years with many good friends coming back again and again.
SF: What inspires you?
Scottish landscape generally, and winter Galloway landscape in particular. Having said that, a week’s painting in Italy has it’s attractions at the moment!
SF: What is on the horizon for you locally?
I have just taken over chair of Spring Fling and am very aware of the amount of work involved behind the scenes. I find it is easy to have other distractions from actually working in the studio.
SF: What is on the horizon for you nationally / internationally?
I fortunately don’t have a solo exhibition this year, so am concentrating on work for Spring Fling as well as work for The High St Gallery in Kirkcudbright. Planning a week’s painting in Orkney in May. Very excited about going to New York and Toronto in April with Visitscotland. Sheila Fleet, the silversmith from Orkney, Howie Nicholsby, kilt maker from Edinburgh and I are taking part in a media event to promote Scotland as a cultural destination. Should be fun!
SF: What advice would you give to an up-and-coming maker?
‘Hang on in there!!’ It might take decades, but with hard work and perseverance you will get there.
SF: What’s currently playing on your studio ipod?
The free ‘Celtic Connections’ CD that came with Sunday’s Herald
SF: Tell us something not many people know about you
You must be joking!