Lynda Cockshott

Poulton le Fylde - UK

Type of artwork you're most likely to produce?

Impressionism, Traditional Realism

What is your favourite piece of art you have created?

I have many favourites! Probably either a huge 5ft, horse galloping straight at you my husbands favourite) or one of the many Tigers.

If you weren't an artist what other career would you be in?

Probably a secondary school teacher of Biology.

If you could buy one piece of artwork what would it be?

Not sure, I could settle for just one!

What inspires you?

Definitely, nature/creation, I love the huge variety of animals, flowers seasons, people, places. I love the shapes, colour and textures.

Delving a little deeper

Why do you do what you do?

Since I could first hold a pencil, I loved to draw, but life takes over, family, work, I had a variety of jobs, I started as an Income Tax Officer! and ended up doing 35 years for the NHS.

The boys left home, had families of their own and I at long last had time to do what I wanted. On holiday in Florida, staying with friends, one of whom was a professional artist.

I asked if I could have a one-to-one lesson with him. He showed me how to paint orchids, I followed every step. In one afternoon I finished a full-size canvas, to his, and my amazement and satisfaction! I had my first painting that I felt I could hang on my wall. and I have never looked back. (I still have that painting, it is very precious)

I get a kick out of wrestling with a subject, (blood sweat and tears) to finally produce a work what I am happy with, but I get a mega kick if someone else likes it so much that they want to buy it and hang it on their wall. It is a lovely satisfying feeling to think I can give someone else that pleasure too.

Can you tell us about your artistic background/education

As a child, I attended a Grammar school in Oxford and left with 9 0 level GCEs – including 1 in Art. Many years later I took a 2 year part-time “ Introduction to Art” at the Blackpool College of Art, and gained 2 more GCSEs in Art,

Unfortunately due to work commitments, I could not continue my art education, except for numerous night school classes.

For the past 10 years, I have been a member of the Windmill Art Society, based in Cleveleys, and have exhibited in The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. And many local venues.

Five years ago I joined Online Art Galleries, and have sold a good number of paintings.

Do you work in silence or do you prefer a distraction?

Peace and quiet is good, but sometimes I play soft classic music on my i-pad.

How do you choose the subject matter for your works?

A good question! I try to have a few potential ideas floating about, I like to print off ideas, out of photos, from the newspaper or magazines, like maybe a pose of a dog, or an expression or something to catch your attention. I like to catch light and try to create an atmosphere.

Has your practice changed over time?

I think art is an everlasting learning curve, I am always trying to catch up with. I like using acrylic, because I can paint over my mistakes. I try to learn from them, or use them as happy accidents, as Bob Ross calls them! I have tried different textures on Canvas and also enjoyed using the interference paints that give a shimmering effect on wings.

I admit I often take a piece back off the wall and have a go at something that I think needs attention. So I must have learnt something along the way for me to notice something that I previously thought was ok?

Who are your favourite contemporary or historical artists and why?

I love following the work of a number of fellow artists on the galleries that I use. As for the more famous, I admire the realism of David Shepherd's wildlife.

The landscapes of David Dipnall, such photographic detail, and also the atmosphere created in an almost casual way by Rex Preston, he makes it look so easy!

For Historical, I once saw an exhibition in Spain, by Sorolla just one-piece covered a whole wall, it blew me away!

If you could describe your work in less than 5 words, what would they be?

lifelike, enjoyable, expressive, agreeable, colourful

What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Keep at it, keep trying, keep learning, you just might get there in the end.