Artist Spotlight – Georgina Vinsun
In our second Artist Spotlight, we spoke to Georgina Vinsun, one of our artists here at Artist Lane. We spoke to her about the creative process that goes into creating her beautiful artwork and where she finds inspiration. Relax and enjoy our spotlight on Catherine, and be sure to shop her collection here.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OTHER THAN ART?
I really like knitting. I spend most of my spare time knitting, mostly cardigans and dresses for myself.
I also love collecting, particularly things which I can spend time hunting for like sea/river glass and pottery, also stones and pebbles from beaches and the different places I visit. A particular favourite are pebbles with a single hole through them.
IS ART SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN FROM A YOUNG AGE? WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN IT?
I always enjoyed painting and drawing as most children do. I took it up seriously when I was about 14, I remember planning to be an illustrator when I grew up. With that in mind I finished school and went off to college to do an art foundation course. The first 8 weeks of this course were spent in small groups, each taking a turn in one of the specialist study areas (Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion etc.). Well, after my week in the Fine Art studio that was that, I felt so at home and happy and never really wanted to do anything else.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART?
I have sat and thought about this for ages. I don’t think I have one if we’re talking in an art history sense (although I have a soft spot for Pollock). Art-wise I like prints, screen prints, etchings, lithographs, monoprints. I have a few in my studio by various artists, my favourite is a Space Monkey screen print by James Marshall (aka DALEK).
IS THIS YOUR FULL TIME JOB? WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE ART?
It is now, yes. I worked in catering during the holidays when I was at uni and stayed on full-time after I graduated in 2005. I liked having a steady income and all the perks of working for a large company – weekends and bank holidays off, it was great! I used to work on paintings every evening and used my holidays for sorting exhibitions
HOW DID YOU GET INSPIRATIONS FOR NEW PIECES?
I look out of the window, watch the sky, the weather, the birds and the garden. Music helps, as does sitting and looking at my paints! If no inspiration is coming then I leave it for a bit, pop off and do something else for a while.
WHAT PROCESS GOES INTO CREATING A NEW PIECE?
It’s always a layering process with my work, thin layers of oil paint and glaze medium, often finished with a final gestural layer on top like a cherry on a cake. I layer a few paintings at the same time and find that each painting plays off the next.
WHAT IS THE MOST INDISPENSABLE ITEM IN YOUR STUDIO?
A fresh palette, I have to throw my palettes away every few weeks as they get all sticky and little bits of debris start working their way into my paintings.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLING TIPS FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO USE YOUR PIECE IN THEIR SPACES?
This is a personal preference; I like to have a combination of busy walls and walls with single larger pieces on them throughout my house. With the busy walls I try and unite the art using colour and mix in family pictures, my kids’ drawings, also bold embroidery pieces. I would always say to try and get someone to help you, have them hold up the artwork in different places. Think about where it would give you the most pleasure!
WHAT CAN READERS LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU?
I’m working on a lot of softer blended/gestural pieces at the moment, inspired by the sky and by paint. I’m hoping to develop this series and gradually work up to some larger pieces on canvas and see if I can get their composition figured out rather than having to wrestle with it.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY?
Ooh, a long lie-in, lots of cups of tea, breakfast in bed then an outing with my boys, maybe to the little steam railway down the road. Lazy afternoon, knitting, more cups of tea, a good curry and then a film/music with my partner in the evening (and more knitting).