This week we met up with Jackie Podmore who is one of a number of artists making their debut on this year’s Emsworth Arts Trail.
Who are you?
I’m Jackie Podmore and I live in Thorney Road, Venue 75.
What type of artist are you?
I enjoy expressive painting inspired by my imagination and the natural world. I like to
experiment with a variety of media. I paint for enjoyment and like to be spontaneous,
not thinking too much about the end result. Failed experiments often lead on to new
ideas and better results!
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
I don’t have any formal background in art and design. I started attending the Friday morning ‘All About Art’ class at The Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham around 4 years ago. Led by Julie Tucker, the class is friendly and informal and encourages artists to experiment and find their own style. I retired last year after many years working in the NHS and have been spending more time since then painting and preparing for my first arts trail.
Can you describe your creative process?
I love to experiment with colour and texture, often using dry or thickly applied acrylic paint, collage and sometimes organic materials (coffee grounds, sand etc.)! I enjoy ‘playing’ with materials to see what I can create. Most of my best work is produced when I don’t think too hard about what I’m doing.
The starting point will often be one of Julie’s inspirational and hugely varied termly ‘briefs’. This term for example we were exploring the theme of a fragmented, distorted or exaggerated view of ‘The Self’ by creating a painting, collage or sculpture. The brief often triggers further ideas and can lead to a series of related (or unrelated) end products! Class members share ideas and gain inspiration from each other.
What do you enjoy most about the process? Being creative and imaginative and experimenting with colour, texture and pattern. Painting and creating art completely absorbs me and takes my mind off all other daily worries. I usually find it very relaxing, though sometimes feel frustrated when trying to achieve something!
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
I paint in my conservatory (which is also our dining room)! It helps if the sun is shining. On Friday mornings I paint in the café at The Ashcroft Arts Centre. The art group spreads out using various available spaces at the centre. I love the friendly, informal feel of the class and the constant encouragement, support and ideas from Julie and other members of the group. I also like to spend some time painting outdoors when on holiday.
What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?
A cup of coffee is essential, though I sometimes dip my paintbrush in it by mistake! Relaxing music often helps. An occasional glass of wine doesn’t go amiss!
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
For the arts trail, most of my paintings are based on the natural world and the local environment and are often semi-abstract. My work is very varied and includes acrylics on canvas, smaller paintings using watercolour and pen, collages as well as framed prints and greetings cards.