1) Walk me through a typical day in the studio for you?
DB: Very few of my days could be called typical! But a good productive day is driven by my art thinking, which is a constant backdrop, and ideally starts early, before the practicalities of the day kick in. Even 20 minutes first thing gets the juices flowing and the day off to a good start. After that it will be a question of visiting the studio many times during the day for short and sometimes longer periods, depending upon the stages of the main painting I am working on. Leaving a works iin progress at a critical time is essential to rest the eye and return to it with a fresh eye, I find.
2) What is something viewers might not know about your work?
DB: I feel like an instrument through which the works arrive- there is minimal planning as the process is not, ideally, self-directed. It’s about tapping into the emotional side of the subconscious. If it works it is a journey of trusting one's inclinations, colour sense, experience and most importantly risk-taking, that one needs to allow to happen.
3) What is the most challenging part of your process as an artist and what is most rewarding?
DB: These two questions can be two sides of the same coin! I often re-paint over an existing, sometimes much older painting, which, if the original works well, is the ultimate in risk taking! If it included collage it presents a wonderful opportunity to tear some of that off half way through to see what will happen to the new emerging painting. Destruction is a necessary half of creation. A good example is my most recent painting “Madonna of the Cwtch” (Cwtch meaning hug in Welsh) which worked really well after a bit of destruction!
4) Is there any advice you have for artists/creators during this difficult time?
DB: Don’t expect too much of yourself. There is a lot eating into us all at the moment, financial and other worries. Go with the flow. If you don’t feel creative, let it be. Uncreative plateaus are as essential as a good night’s sleep. Look at them as the winter hibernation that leads to a Springtime of creativity. Don’t force yourself. Creativity is a right-brained activity! Just play and have patience!