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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Shiralee Siebert

Shiralee is a portrait artist from South Africa and in this interview we talk about her biggest struggles, lessons and achievements since discovering art as a child. Well worth a listen as I am sure you will all relate.       If you would like to see...

Lloyd Lewis

    Former world champion kick boxer, Lloyd Lewis joined me for a chat about how life has dealt him some pretty hard knocks. In this interview we discuss how Lloyd has overcome these knocks and his dream of being in the National Portrait Gallery.  ...

Cindy Dicks

    Cindy is an illustrator who 1 year ago had no belief in herself and had no clue what direction she was going in, then a turn of events changed all of that. This is a great interview that reinforces you have no idea what is around the corner    ...

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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...

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...

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...

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