Dorset-based painter Jeneta Bird shares the passion and influence behind her art. See more of her work at www.artigems.co.uk
Being an artist
Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself
I am 58 and live in Poole in Dorset. I have had a passion to paint, draw and create art in many forms since I was a small child.
When did you decide to pursue art as a career?
Since moving from London 8 years ago.
What training did you have?
I am self taught.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
I have been greatly inspired by the beautiful place that I live in, and have enjoyed portraying this in my work.
What’s your favourite quote?
Don’t worry, be happy!
Who is your favourite artist?
What are you aiming for?
I am always excited by the prospects of painting my next picture and would love to have a large studio to be able to paint very large works. To be recognised as an accomplished artist.
How will you get there?
Keep on painting and trying to promote my work.
Is anything holding you back?
I am not really business-minded, and find it difficult to promote my work.
You and art
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work? Are you ever surprised by reactions that you get?
I hope my work makes people feel happy…
From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?
To paint a large work usually takes three to four days.
What music do you like to listen to when you work?
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
I’m fascinated by the shoreline and looking through the water at rocks and pebbles. I want to paint a large acrylic painting with the sun shining through the water.
Being inspired by art
Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?
I am inspired by the Old Masters portraits and find it so fascinating how to think they were able to capture history in their work.
What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?
I love the sea and the beach and am lucky to live in a beautiful place.
What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?
On of my favourite works was a painting called Kimmeridge Edge. It was a view out to sea along the flat rocks at Kimmeridge. The sun was going down and the light had a magical look.
an artist’s advice
For those thinking about turning a passion for art into a career, could you give any advice?
Keep creating and never give up.
Any tips on how to get your work seen and get the commissions coming in?
Try to present your work professionally and have a good website!