Interviewing Tina Davies 🇬🇧
Tina Davies is in love with nature and freedom. In her words: “The core of my work comes from freedom. I am inspired by the synergy of nature, the play of energies in the process of creation. I work from the heart wishing to achieve ‘no mind’. I am passionate to create and often move around diverse materials, oils, ink, clay, etc. therefore forming no patterns, no rules. I paint with my hands creating a closer relationship to the subject and medium allowing myself to flow with the experience of the process itself.”
You can find out more about this delightful and hard-working artist with our following interview:
Art5: Where do you live?
I live in Brighton, a vibrant seaside city which I love. I’ve been here 23 happy years.
Art5: How many years have you been an artist?
I have worked as a professional painter for 16 years and have been working with clay on and off for 28 years.
Art5: How many years have you been with ART5? How did your relationship with ART5
start; we contacted you or vice versa?
I have been represented by Art5 gallery for 14 years. I entered a competition of artist of the year in 2006 and came third. I have been with the gallery ever since.
Art5: What would you call your style of art?
Modern and impressionistic
Art5: Did you study in an art school or were you self taught? What did you study?
I trained at a pottery in the Lake District and then worked as a production thrower in Antigua, the Carribean. I did a diploma in art & design and then on to a BA Honours in ceramics. I am a self taught painter.
Art5: Is painting a full time job or do you do another thing? If you also do
something else, what is it?
I am a full time artist.
Art5: Have you always been an artist?
I have always been creative either in art based work, education and helping to run an art gallery, curating exhibitions for the applied arts.
Art5: Where else do you sell your pieces?
I have galleries representing me in Carshalton Beeches, Brighton and online.
Art5: What are your hobbies?
I have a passion for gardening and love to walk in nature which is reflected in my work. I have also practised kundalini yoga for the past 16 years which is both physical and spiritual.
Art5: Where do you paint?
I am fortunate to have two studios at home. One for painting and the other for clay work and a small arch by the sea.
Art5: What mediums do you work with?
Painting: inks and oils
Ceramics: earthenware clay with a tin glaze decorated with stains, oxides and over glaze.
Art5: Professionally, what is your goal?
To be a successful international artist.
Art5: Does personal history work its way into your practice? How might who you are be reflected in your current work?
What are you presently inspired by— are there particular things you are
reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work?
Yes I would say personal history is reflected in my work, but not necessarily as a conscious choice. It comes out through colour, mark making and subject matter.
I have always been inspired by nature's beauty and the seasons. The excitement of spring, the heat of the summer, the transformation of autumn and the stillness of winter. I like to work and am inspired by how I am feeling. Therefore gardening connects me to the earth. Also; walking in nature, forests, living by the sea, the South Downs or the rugged coastline of Cornwall. It all adds to my fuel bank of emotion. When I am not feeling inspired to paint I can work with clay and vice versa.
Art5: How has your style changed over the years?
I have developed techniques in both my painting and clay work. I like to be free with my painting, but have noted that I revisit subject matter to do so.
Art5: What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
For me it's about balance of form and space. If the canvas is completely covered by the subject matter I then play with the composition through depth and colour.
Art5: What makes you laugh?
The absurdities of life, finding oneself in funny situations. I smile a lot :) I find it's good for ones soul and well being.Art5: What is art for you?
Art5: Three things in your bucket list.
Trekking up the Angel falls in Venezuela.
Walking the El Camino.
Revisiting my birthplace.
Art5: Where is your favorite place in the world?
Art5: Who are your favorite artists?
Painting: Monet, Van Gogh, Peter doing, Zen Masters.
Ceramics: John Maltby, Jane Muir, Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper
Art5: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Not having any financial stability.
Art5: What is the best part about creating art?
I work from the heart which I find incredibly fulfilling. I like working for myself as I can get lost in my world when creating.
Art5: What is indispensable in your art studio?
Music and incense
Art5: What’s your favorite website?
I would have to say the search engine 'Google' I love that I can ask it anything and invariably get an answer. Also I love the creativity with their graphics.
Art5: How would your best friends describe you?
I have asked and here are a few words: warm, kind, funny, scatty!
Art5: What do you worry about and why?
If anything my children's welfare and finances but I try not to worry and live in the moment.
Art5: How do you define success?
By my fulfilment and happiness.
Art5: What does family mean to you?
Art5: Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My children have inspired me by caring for them and being a single parent it has given me the courage and passion to fulfil my dream of being an artist and providing for them.
Art5: Your favorite book or author?
I love Shakespeare
Art5: What is your favorite food?
Art5: What is the most interesting thing about you?
I have no idea :)
Art5: What are you the most grateful for?
My beautiful family and friends
Art5: What words of wisdom would you pass unto your childhood self?
My choices have bought me to this moment so I would change nothing.
Art5: How do you want to be remembered?
Someone who lives from the heart.
Art5: Do you have pets? What are they?
My lovely cat Tommy.
Art5: What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Driving to the sea side with my mum dad and brother and playing a game who could see the sea first.
Art5: What music do you listen to? Do you paint with music?
I always have music on. My taste is eclectic from reggae to opera.
Art5: What makes you cry?
Anything that touches my heart, happy or sad.
Art5: What is “home” to you?
Being with my children in a loving environment
Art5: What motivates you to succeed?
A passion to create.
Art5: In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
I am still playful and always open to new ideas and a willingness to learn.