Sue Jelley PPSWA SPF
Please describe your practice for us in 3 adjectives.
What is your earliest memory associated with art?
Please could you tell us who or what has had the most significant influence on your life and work?
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
And the worst..!?
When we can travel again, what international art destination would you most like to visit?
Which work of art would you most like to own?
Which artist (alive or dead) would you most like to have dinner with and why?
What is the most significant piece of advice you have ever received?
What advice would you give to those aspiring to make a living out of selling their art?
What is the most important thing to know about you? How seriously I take me work.
Please tell us one unexpected thing about yourself.
I came to Art later in life during my early 40’s.
At my grammar school I did art for two years and got awards but then because of streaming to the classics etc there was then no facility to carry on with art as there would be now. I went to commercial college in Bristol and worked in industry for ten years. It was only when my Mother reminded me that I could draw that I questioned ‘ really could I’. So I did some sketching and as they say the rest is history.
Generally I am painting movement, passion; something that is atmospheric and I am inviting the viewer to take part in my ‘production’.
I love meeting clients, buyers and visitors alike. As an artist you ‘feed’ off them and always need to listen hard to what they say. Many are nervous and often say ‘I know nothing about art’ they are also nervous about spending money on the right thing. I do think sometimes people are overawed by the whole PV thing and the ‘fashion vibes’ that the art movement has become known for over the years. From experience most people I have met know exactly what they like and generally it is the untrained eye that knows best! Then, of course, there is the conundrum of those who spend millions on paintings for investment purposes. Hey Ho what a colourful tapestry Art itself has become and sadly in some instances a parody of itself.