This month’s featured artist is Lin Chatfield. Read her interesting story here.
Lin Chatfield, though for a time I did use my middle name, Louise, when I was in Sussex. It got rather confusing when we moved, so I reverted back!
Where do you live?
I now live in Rutland in the East Midlands, which is lovely but landlocked! I miss the sea. I was born in London and have lived in many places.
What is your background?
I wanted to go to art college, in fact I had a place, but it was decreed that I should get a proper job, so I did. I worked as an insurance underwriter, then in local government. I was encouraged to try for university as a mature student and shall always be grateful to the careers advisor who suggested it. So I have a BA (Hons) in sociology with psychology and social theory, and a few years later did an Open University Humanities degree.
How did you learn your craft i.e. college, self-taught and what did that entail?
I carried on painting and going to courses and workshops in my spare time. I started out in watercolours, then acrylics and pastels.
Which media do you prefer to work with?
I do prefer oils – so lovely and buttery!
Do you work in multiple media, if so which and why?
I have worked in mixed media. It is interesting to see what effects I can get using a variety of paints and inks as well as pastel, charcoal and paper.
What does your work aim to say?
To be honest, I am not sure I am trying to say anything! Apart, perhaps, from encouraging the viewer to look around themselves more and see, rather than passing by.
Who are your biggest influences?
I am not sure. I admire Turner and Joan Eardley, Van Gogh, Singer Sergeant, Cezanne……quite a mix of styles. I wouldn’t want to be too definite because I shall see other artists who I’d want to add to the list.
How do you navigate the art world?
Good heavens – I’m not sure. I pick things up from social media etc. but you could go mad trying to do that.
How do you seek out opportunities?
Via social media. I have a website and I am on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Quite few things come up through that. I have entered exhibitions and taken part in Open Studios and similar events to try to get my work ‘out there’. Unfortunately, the big art fairs are beyond my income, as is the case for many other artists.
How do you cultivate a collector base?
I’m not sure I have one yet! I tend to sell on a one-off basis, although a couple of lovely people have bought three of my paintings. I try to keep in touch and let them know what I am doing.
How do you price your work?
Pricing is a minefield! I tend to go on time taken, size and cost of materials. Plus of course exhibitions/galleries have a commission system, so that must be factored in.
Which current art world trends are you following?
I don’t think I am following any trends. If I was painting in a way that was ‘a trend’ only, I don’t think I would be very happy with it.
Do you know where you are heading career-wise?
Not really! I would love to be able to find more outlets for my work, but I think people seem to be buying online more nowadays.
Do you have any tips for young artists just starting out?
Only don’t listen to the inner voices saying you are no good!
Where can people see your art? Do you have any exhibitions coming up?
I do have 20 paintings in the Stamford Arts Centre in Lincolnshire that are currently in lockdown! I had just started a solo exhibition, which was due to last for the whole of March, when the centre closed. It is difficult to see when exhibitions will be starting up again, given the Covid-19 situation. There is usually a very good Autumn WVAS exhibition at the Stamford Arts Centre but we don’t know yet if this will be going ahead. Otherwise there is my website www.linchatfield.co.uk
Lin is also part of the collective of artist exhibiting online as Ginger Cactus Art
How can readers find out more about you e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc.?
My website, http://www.linchatfield.co.uk
Ginger Cactus Art, http://www.gingercactusart.com
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