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Carole Bury

What is your earliest memory associated with art?

Living in the countryside in the 60's, art to me was my mum dressmaking and dad crafting anything and everything out of wood. Once at secondary school Art History was a revelation, and this was in books, revealing mysteries and excitements.

Please describe your practice in 3 adjectives.




Has the experience of lockdown changed your practice?

I've been afforded more time to choose and reflect on what to do and what not to do.

Do you listen to music, radio or audio books when creating?

Radio 4 is my 'go to' radio channel, but recently Radio 3 has become a late morning treat. I listen to all sorts of music, depending on the mood I want to invoke in my work. Sometimes audio books, but they are all consuming.

What or who has had the most significant influence on you as an artist?

David Hockney and Christian faith.

Whats the best thing about being an artist?

It makes me myself.

And the worst?

Not having the bravery to follow ideas through.

When we can travel again, what international art destination do you most want to visit?

Amsterdam to see the Van Gogh and David Hockney work in the Van Gogh Museum.

Ask me next week it might be different.

What work of art would you like to own?

Edgar Degas - 'Mother brushing daughter's hair'

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Which artist alive or dead would you most like to have dinner with and why?

Leonardo da Vinci - just to talk to this amazing artist and inventor

Duccio - to discover how he mixed his pigments

Hockney - although I would probably be too shy to talk to him!

Please tell us about the artwork you are most proud of and why

There are a couple of drawings I really like of trees and woodlands, drawn at a very personal time; I love a box frame of painted paper textiles of feathers as they are hanging on a dark green wall and look very special, almost like a piece of Early Renaissance art.

If you weren't an artist, what would you be/do?

I have no idea.

I entertained the idea I wanted to be a cartographer for a couple of years, but the maths and the constrictions were too great.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Follow your dreams and keep turning up regularly to practice. This is a choice.

Don't be too critical and hard on yourself. Try to distance yourself now and again and see the work as others see it.

What is your primary goal for 2021

To see my drawings and textiles exhibited together.

What do you need to help you achieve your goal?

Access to a curator and venue who would be sympathetic to this.

What is the most important thing to know about you?

Reliable, caring and thoughtful, but consumed by my work. Full of contradictions!!

Please tell us of unexpected thing about yourself?

I have had control and flown a helicopter.

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