Into the Sun

Q & A with Niki Purcell

Where did you grow up?

​​ I grew up beside the Sea in Greystones Co.Wicklow, with views of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Bray Head and the distant Wicklow Mountains

When did you first become interested in art?​​

I have always drawn and loved Art, as a young child I would draw on the title page of my books than sign and date the drawings just incase I was ever famous!

How did you pursue your desire to be a painter?​​

I painted and painted and than went to Art college, I studied at NCAD, Dublin and left with an Hons Degree in Fine Art

What is the artistic lifestyle like? Take us through a typical day.

Every day is slightly different but each one has painting in it. I live in an old Coastguard station and the living area is open plan with my painting space at one end (Where the big window is), so while I am getting breakfast for my daughter or waiting for the kettle to boil I will always check out my space and look at what is on the easel and maybe get side tracked and start painting until I get calls of hunger! I paint or draw on and off during the day and usually I will work on more than one piece at a time, I find this keeps my work fresh and filled with energy.. As I live on a cliff top, I go walking a lot and will bring a small sketchbook and I might do a series of quick 1 or 2 minute sketches to help me remember a view or a particular cloud…whatever catches my eye really!

Do you paint every day, or only when the inspiration hits you?

​​I paint almost everyday and If I am not painting I am framing or doing something related to my painting, my Art is a central part of me and every day is connected to it

Choose one of your paintings and explain your inspiration behind it.

Into the Sun is a painting of the distant slopes of Croghan Mountain on the borders of Wicklow and Wexford, I am lucky enough to have a view of this mountain from my garden..

Into the Sun is filled with the warm glow of sunset as it fills the sky with its gentle light in late afternoon, the blue of a warm afternoon still lingering with an array of clouds happily drifting by…

Where is your favourite place to paint?​​

On a sunny day in the Cove below where I live – I can see up the coast to Wicklow Head and inland across the fields I can see The Slopes of Croghan Mountain.. And sometimes the odd seal and porpoise appears too

Which artists have most inspired you and why?

Ivon Hitchens-  an English landscape painter who abstracted his landscape and simplified his shapes and palettes yet his paintings were beautiful atmospheric and recognizable landscapes; Van Gogh – for his strong use of Paint and bold colour Turner –  for his sense of Atmosphere and dreamlike paintings that seem to draw you into their mystery

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a large oil on canvas of a recent sunrise that set the whole sky aflame…it was well worth the early start! The sun rose over the horizon lighting up the sky and sea, highlighting the purple clouds dancing in front of it and I just stood taking in every moment

Do you have any current or upcoming exhibitions?

Presently I am working on a body of work for a Solo show for next spring. I am also a gallery Artist in The Duke Street Gallery and The Gaslamp Gallery

At which location (or who) would you love the opportunity to paint?

Oh that’s a hard one! I think maybe Van Gogh for his energy and bold paint, I would also be drawn to WB Yeats for the same reasons…and in the  South of France would be nice!

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