BEHIND THE SKETCHBOOK

INSPIRING STORIES FROM VISUAL ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD
Welcome…

..to a collection of stories from other visual artists who are in the same boat as you.

We publish stories from people who are at the very beginning of their journey, to full time artists (and everyone in-between).

You will read stories from people all around the world who love to create art.  They will share what inspires them and how they do it and what great things they have achieved.  Above all, they will share bear their soul and share the challenges and fears they face along the way, as lets face it…we all have them!

I hope these stories will inspire you and leave you knowing you are not alone and you can achieve incredible things.
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Joe Rivera

  In this interview Joe shares his number one piece of advice for artists and also the number one thing that has helped him excel in the last year. This interview is full of great advice you don't want to miss.       If you would like to see more of Joe's work please...

Lana Miller Caywood

  Lana has been making art for 40 years now! We could have chatted with Lana all day long about her experiences, this 15 minute interview gives you a quick glimpse behind the scenes of Lana's studio and she also shares some great advice for other artists.       If you...

Les Gaston-Johnston

  In this interview we meet artist, Les Gaston-Johnston from the UK. Les talks about what inspires him, his favourite media and also how 2 years ago he would never have done an interview like this, have a listen to find out what changed.       If you would like to see...

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Helen McLaughlin

In this interview we meet Helen McLaughlin. Helen has always been creative and was always encouraged by her parents and teachers. She talks about her transition from traditional media to now working completely digitally. About You How did you get into art and making?...

Trevor Field

In this interview Trevor Field very bravely talks about his experience with depression and how he once gave up on art but is now creating again.  He also talks about the time his work made someone trip over…. About You How did you get into art and making? I went to...

Annette Nettie Jane

Annette 'Nettie' Jane has always been creative but wasn't allowed to go to college as a young lady. In this interview she talks of not feeling talented enough, even after winning a top award and how she's now trying to make more of her art. Annette is living proof...

Anarkali Check

Originally from from Paris and now living in London, In this interview Anarkali Check talks about the feeling of having commissioned work, the fear of not selling & what tools she has found useful when raising awareness of her work. About You How did you get into art...

Alessia Meloni

Originally from Sardinia and now living in Dublin, Ireland Alessia has practised art since she was 14. In this interview she talks about the challenges she faces, who inspires her and how it felt to be part of a group exhibition recently. About You How did you get...

Les Gaston-Johnston

Despite the challenges of illness, depression and lack of support from his parents and siblings Les has managed to follow his passion and is celebrating his first commission & exhibition of his work… About You How did you get into art and making? Well it all started...

Maureen King

Maureen King is a painter from Scotland, UK.  Art was never encouraged as a child and Maureen was expected to just leave school and get a job.  She now paints regularly, has made her first sale and has even dropped a day at work so she can spend more time creating....

Sally Barr

Sally is a UK based artist who has diverse passions.  In this interview  she shares her experience of suffering loss that resulted in her having 10 years away from making and the belief she would never have a career in art.   Read the interview to find out what...

Nigel Proud

Nigel is a self taught portrait artist specialising in people and animals. In this interview he talks of the challenges of trying to find time for art when working 9-5, how he's used art to help cope with cancer and how it felt to win an award for 'best painting by a...