Spotlight Interview with Eleanor McKnight Art speaking to us about how her work is inspired from her travels around the world and her love for the ocean …
Thank you for speaking to us about your art journey. Where did it all begin for you?
It began five years ago, I finally had time to dedicate to it. Up until then I had been painting purely for myself while raising a family and living in various places all over the world. The timing was perfect, I found myself back in the UK with space in my head to dedicate to this passion of mine. A friend caught a glimpse of my work, purchased a piece, offered to do a photo shoot for me and encouraged me to try out an Art fair. The first one was nerve racking but gave me the confidence to sign up for more fairs and approach galleries, both physical and on line. The journey has been a real trip and I now spend almost every day painting and liaising with clients
From who or from where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Definitely I draw inspiration from my travels, bringing colours in from the Turks and Caicos islands where I have a home and have lived for over 20 years. The ocean in particular, the changing colours defined by light feature heavily in my work. The English and Irish landscape are also a huge part of my pallet capturing the mood of the different seasons. I love the work of Gerhard Richter, Frank Bowling, Pierre Bonnard, soaking in colours, shapes and textures.
Do you like to experiment with what you use to create art and how would you describe your artistic style?
I love to experiment with different styles and methods of putting paint down. I use my hands along with brushes and knives, I do not restrict myself and each day I feel I am learning more and happier with styles I am creating. I don’t have a solid artistic style, I prefer to change and grow and not get bored painting the same way each day. I like to challenge myself, see how far I can go producing work which pleases me. I feel I have an natural instinct in achieving my end goal, I like my clients to feel something when they look at the finished produce, a sense of calm and escapism.
Why are your designs so different to other artists within the industry?
My work is me, heart and soul, I cannot take any pleasure in doing what others do. I can only create what comes from my hear head and soul
How do you stay relevant and current in a world full of creatives?
Keep at it, keep in touch with other Artists, I promote myself in magazines, I keep up with current trends and see how the market changes. Keeping relevant is a matter of growth and being tenacious, not getting side tracked even if sometimes sales are slow.
How has social media impacted on you as judging by your online presence you seem to embrace this?
I mainly use social media to sell my work. It has been so useful to me, especially during Covid as not everyone had the opportunity to visit galleries. I have fully embraced uploading my work on my website, instagram and Facebook. It has made it possible to have my work seen and sold all over the world including South America, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.
How has your brand grown to where it is now? What has contributed to your success?
It is humbling how quickly my art has grown in a short space of time. I began on a small table playing around with colour and styles, but by working every day, playing around with different types of paint and tools, watching other Artists paint, soaking in Art galleries when I could, attending and working at Art fairs, exhibiting at fairs and markets, meeting Artists, all of these methods have been valuable and I hope my brand is more recognisable now than it was when I first began.
Have you worked with any galleries or brands or completed any important commissions you can share with us?
I have had my work exhibited in a gallery in New York and have completed commissions for many people all over the world.
Which projects are you really excited about for 2021 and are there any future plans you can share with us?
I am excited to attend and exhibit at art fairs after a long quiet year in that department. I have exciting ideas and opportunities which I am working on for 2022, but in the meantime I continue to be humble and grateful I can keep working and selling my work. Seeing it on the walls make me very happy.
See a selection of work from Eleanor mcKnight Art HERE