I came across Boo’s work for the first time on Instagram. Her work embraces colour and texture, all within strong visual graphics. It is striking, beautiful and bold. I’ve loved finding out more about Boo; previously a graphic designer, and now a full time artist. Her work is all about colour, and creating a connection with the viewer. Art has to be about an emotional response. No pretence; just how it makes you feel. Fairly simple when you think about it like that. So, grab a cuppa and have a read about Boo’s journey to becoming an artist and take a look at some of her beautiful pieces.
Please can you describe your work for us?
My work is contemporary abstract. Most of my work is mixed media, mainly using acrylics but I love to use collage, oil sticks, and spray paint. I have also been creating work using lots of glazes lately. My work is all about colour, a feeling, that’s what I’m aiming for.
We’d love to know more about your journey to becoming an artist.
Following an Art Foundation course, I went on to study Graphic Design at Kingston which I loved. I went on to open my own Graphic Design Studio in West Hampstead, London. My clients included The Institute of Contemporary Art, The South Bank Centre, Soul II Soul and lots of music industry-based work.
Sixteen years ago I left London with my daughter Lily, and we moved to Suffolk in search of a quieter, more peaceful life. I have always painted, but began to do so more and more in Suffolk.
Eventually, years later, after lots of hard work, exhibitions and getting noticed, it has happily turned into my full time job….a job I really love!
Where do you find inspiration?
So many things inspire me. My work usually begins in my head – painting colours in my mind. My work is based on colour/emotion, for the viewer and me. I think I am most inspired by colour that we see everywhere and something will get me going. It could be fashion or some beautifully designed graphics, or the incredible Suffolk coastline.
Which artists are you most inspired and/or influenced by?
Can you describe a typical day for us?
I wake up far too early every day. I try to start the day, with a run on the treadmill in my studio listening to House music from my London days. Whilst running, I look at my studio works in progress on the walls and plan my next painting move. I paint most mornings as this is my most productive time, creatively. I return late afternoon, early evening for more.
Do you ever suffer from a “creative block” and, if so, how do you deal with it?
Yes, absolutely; I think we all do from time to time. The best thing for me to do is get out of the studio, and walk Dot, our dog, by the river. Or go to the sea; I always come back re-inspired once I’ve spent time by the sea. I’m then back into the studio with fresh eyes and seeing everything in a new light – hopefully!
Is there a piece of art you’ve created which you’re particularly fond, or proud, of?
It’s hard to choose one particular painting, as each painting leads you on to another. But if I have to pick a couple of recents, a piece that sold recently through Silson Contemporary called Picnic in soft green (100X75cm) was a favourite. Also a painting called ‘In Deep’ (100X75cm) which was one of Hugo Barclay’s (AAF Director), highlights/top picks (and happily sold) at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. It is sometimes hard to say goodbye to certain paintings.
If you could create a piece for one person (celebrity or otherwise) who would it be?
In my dreams I would love to create a piece for Stormzy; I completely admire him and love his music, and his sense of giving back.
Do you have any tips for people choosing artwork for their own home?
Most importantly for me it would be a painting that moves you emotionally, brings you peace or happiness.
Where can we see and buy your work?
I am proud to be represented by Silson Contemporary (Harrogate) and Gina Cross (London). Instagram is my main platform for sharing my process and new work, and I also sell work directly from Instagram. My work is available to buy directly from me, via my website, via Instagram, or studio visits by appointment.
And finally, what’s next for you and your work?
I’m recently back to Suffolk after an incredible time showing at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea for Gina Cross – back home to the studio to work. I’ll be painting for the Summer Show 2023 at Silson Contemporary. I will also be exhibiting in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in late summer. I have a number of commissions to complete for clients, so lots to keep me busy. I’m very grateful for all of it.