1. What part of the process of creating art do you like best?
I like thinking about my work and actually making the art. When I am working from life or plein aire then I’m so involved with responding to what is in front of me it all just happens.
2. What is your working environment like?
I have my own studio which is really 2 small bedrooms converted into one room. I wish it were bigger and had running water but it’s my space and I love it! I like quiet and music when I’m painting.
3. What kind of (formal & informal) art training have you had?
I grew up when my Dad was working at home (he was the cartoonist Alex Gurney) I used to sit on the studio floor and do my stuff too. Later I studied art formally at Swinburne for 4 years. Over the years I have done masterclasses with different artists and travelled widely to look at art overseas.
4. How has your art training affected the kind of art you produce?
I think my work has a strong element of design and colour. I have had to work hard to become looser.
5. Name some important influences and inspirations in your art career.
My father, Art School, travel, my working life & teaching art have all influenced my work. I am inspired by what I see as beautiful in nature, be it people or landscape.
6. What has been the most difficult thing you have encountered in your work?
Having to work full time to support myself and my children.
7. Have there been major turning points in your art career?
Yes, particularly life events. After big things have happened there seems to be a shift in my work. Certainly once I finished full time work my painting flourished.
8. What has been the highlight of your art career?
I have been invited to exhibit in the Florence Biennale this year. It seems like a highlight! Hopefully it will be.
See more of Margaret’s artworks at: www.gurneyart.bigpondhosting.com
River Gum, Oil, by Margaret Gurney