As the countdown to the start of the 2019 Emsworth Arts Trail continues, we are enjoying finding out more about our artist’s backgrounds, their creative processes and the inspiration behind their work. This week’s we met up with painter and mixed media artist Jackie Podmore, who is taking part in the arts trail for the second time this year.
Who are you? Jackie Podmore, venue 87, Thorney Road, Emsworth.
What type of artist are you? I’m a painter and mixed media artist. I like to experiment with different materials, texturesand surfaces. I produce widely varied artwork in both subject matter and style.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creativejourney? 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 5 years ago. I retired 18-months ago and now attend two art classes a week, one in Emsworth and the other in Fareham. I am continuing to develop my own artistic style.
Can you describe your creative process?I either start with an idea from a class brief or with something around me that has inspiredme. I have a portfolio of scraps, pictures, photos and ideas and often use these as a startingpoint. I love to experiment with colour and texture and enjoy ‘playing’ with materials to seewhat effects I can achieve. I enjoy producing semi-abstract land and seascapes, rustic-styleplant and flower studies, but also more ‘gritty’ urban feeling work, sometimes portraying strong emotions. Most of my best work is produced when I don’t think too hard about what I’m doing and is strongly influenced by how I am feeling at the time.
Once a picture is finished, I like to photograph and play around with the image by adjusting, cropping and often making a photo collage using sections of it. I then use the results to makeprints or greetings cards in addition to framing or mounting the original.
What or who inspires you?I am greatly inspired by the tutors and stimulating briefs at the art classes I attend as well asby sharing ideas with others attending the classes. I am also inspired by my response to theworld around me.
What do you enjoy most about the process? I love having the time to be imaginative and creative. I find the process of producing art all absorbing and hugely enjoyable (but sometimes frustrating!)
Can you describe your studio/workspace? I work in our conservatory / dining room. Luckily we have an old dining table, so I don’t have to worry about ruining it; I’m also fortunate to have a husband who doesn’t mind half the table being covered in artwork in progress!
What keeps you going whilst you work?Coffee and relaxing music. Our new cat Monty thinks he is being helpful by demanding food at regular intervals!
What can we expect to see from you on this year’s art trail? A varied selection of artwork using mixed media, framed and mounted originals, prints and greetings cards. I also have some painted gin glasses!
Where are you exhibiting?I’m exhibiting in our conservatory (accessed via the side drive). We are 75 yards down Thorney Road on the right.
Why did you want to take part in the trail?Initially I wanted a new challenge and to meet new people when I retired. Last year was my first year on the trail and I enjoyed displaying my artwork, meeting the people who visited and making a few sales!
What are your artistic ambitions?I paint as a hobby, so intend to continue doing what I enjoy and become more skilled at it along the way. I aim to continue producing lively and different artwork and to challenge myself by working on some larger canvases. If I produce work that is saleable, that is always a good feeling and helps towards buying new materials.