We are pleased to welcome artist Marion McConaghie to the gallery. Marion's beautiful, classical yet contemporary artwork has been an instant hit with our customers. In this artist interview, we get to know Marion a little better...
1. Can you tell me a little bit about your creative process? How do you get from blank canvas to finished piece?
I tend to sketch out ideas loosely at first and work over them repeatedly with various materials until I'm happy with the result.
2. How would you describe your art?
Emotional, full of energy and movement, classical, historical with a contemporary feel.
3. How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
My fine art has evolved according to what I've wanted to explore naturally. Alongside this I've spent many years selling vintage style collage work, this has been made into prints, cards, wallpaper and how homeware products, so I run the design and fine art sides concurrently. Each evolves according to demand and my influences at the time.
4. Some of your portraits have a Renaissance feel - what is it about this style of painting that inspires you?
I'm really inspired by 'the past', I love the richness of the paintings and the decadence of the renaissance period but also love to mix this with a modern feel. I've always been interested in the evolving timeline of life, how the present will soon be the past.
5. Why do animals feature so often in your artwork?
They fascinate me and are great allegorical figures, we project our own interpretations onto an image according to our own frame of reference.
6. In some of your pieces we can see graffiti peeking out from the layers - where did the idea come from to fuse graffiti with your work?
I love both worlds and feel they are part of me. They are also about abandonment. I imagine they might be hanging in an old derelict mansion where modern life has invaded, such places really inspire me.
7. What are your sources of inspiration?
Lots of different things, I love listening to music when I work, watching films with great cinematography, visiting the National Portrait Gallery or National Trust Houses, looking at other artists' work, styling in interiors magazines and inspiration from the graffiti around my home towns.
8. What makes a memorable piece of art?
I think this is almost entirely subjective, so something that may go beyond its appearance and speaks to an individual on a personal level.
9. How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
When it feels right, just gut instinct that it's time to stop adding or taking away for fear of spoiling what is currently in place.
10. What are your tips for aspiring artists?
Be persistent, create your work whenever you can around earning a living, be thick skinned and prepared to repeatedly show your work again and again and keep moving forward, evolving your style all the time, putting any setbacks behind you.
11. What artist's have inspired you?
Currently loving the portraits painted by Henrik Uldalen.
12. What is your favourite piece of artwork you have done and why?
I feel 'Portrait of a Woman' is my current favourite. I've always been inspired by strong female figures from history.
13. What do you hope viewers will take away from your artwork?
To be able to move people through art is a great privilege, it's a lovely thing to find others are inspired by something you've brought out from yourself.
14. Is there a particular message you are trying to convey to the viewer?
No, I think creating art for others can be a tricky path as you will never please everybody.
15. What is next for you?
I'm entering a period of creating new originals so I'm excited to see what comes from those.
Shop Marion's original artwork here: https://goo.gl/Cdfk0Z
Shop Marion's limited edition prints here: https://goo.gl/KJhX3D