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Brenda Hartill

Please describe your practice for us in 3 adjectives:
Experimental • Abstract • Textured

What is your earliest memory associated with art? 

Van Gough’s Sunflowers

Please could you tell us who or what has had the most significant influence on you as an artist.

Elam Art School’s Prof Paul Beadle (Auckland, New Zealand) when he arrived from Australia. He dragged the school into the 20th century, and took me under his wing.

Listen to Brenda Hartill talk about her life and

artistic journey here


What’s the best thing about being an artist? And the worst..!?

The joy of finding a new rich seam of imagery, and the freedom to have the time to explore it.

The increasing time needed to spend with the computer, social media, photographing, editing, cataloguing promoting, and preparing for exhibitions, as well as making a living.

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

I’d love to return to Italy, particularly Florence, Rome, Pompei and Venice.

What work of art would you most like to own?

Paul Klee: Castle and Sun

Please could you tell us about the piece of artwork you are most proud.

Sheets. A very large etching,(printed in 2 pieces), with a collagraph embossing. An image from a Corfu visit, before mass tourism, when crisp white cotton sheets were still hung out to dry in the sun.

If you weren’t an artist what would you be? 

A theatre designer.  I’d also love to learn ceramics.

What advice would you give to those aspiring to make a living out of art?

Experiment, Keep trying even when the results are bad. Draw, Don’t give in to “artist’s block” try new mediums.

What is the most important thing to know about you? 

That I’m still here, making images

Please tell us one unexpected thing about yourself.

That I have Prosopagnosia, (poor facial recognition), so forgive me when I don’t recognise you at first!  Private views are painful!!

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