Yep, not Arty Farty, I’ve gone Hearty Arty. My heart going a-flutter at paintings and art. Never thought it would happen, but after attending my first South East Open Studios (the free wine got me interested, and now I’m hooked!) (on art…not wine) I met local artist Libbi Gooch and want to share her and her work with you all because local artists don’t often get the recognition they deserve, and are normally too shy to seek it themselves.
How long have you been painting for Libbi?
Well, I have been interested from a young age and dabbled, but have only really been painting seriously for about six years.
How did you learn to paint like this?
A lot of people have asked me this, and the answer to this question is a lot of experimentation. There has been many a canvas that has been painted over several times. When I look at my work I can see various stages in my development as an artist.
Now, as a meteorologist, I can’t help noticing that most of your paintings seem to be weather related – of which I heartily approve – but is this intentional? Are you a closet weather watcher?
I think most of Great Britain are closet weather watchers –myself included. I don’t know whether my work is intentionally weather related, but my paintings are definitely about light, atmosphere and trying to capture a moment.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
That’s a good question! For me it’s just what I have always wanted to do, it’s just taken me a while to get here.
And the worst?
Sometimes I go through periods of manic painting, which can then contrast with droughts. A little like writers block. I can find it hard to balance the two.
Do people need to be minted to invest in art?
No not really, for example at the moment I am taking part in the South East Open Studios along with various other artists with a range of prices. My paintings range from £45 to £1950.
Finally, how can people come and see your paintings?
Well, you can currently find me doing the South East Open Studios, along with sculpture Gill Brown, at 37 Hither Chantlers, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells TN2 0BL. Open from 10 till 5, Friday to Sunday on the 21st-23rd June.
I currently have work at the Redleaf Gallery in Tunbridge Wells, The Pinkfoot Gallery in Norfolk, The Geedon Gallery in Colchester and Quiddity Fine Art in Surrey. Also, for the last five years I have exhibited at the London Affordable Art Fair, as well as the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries earlier this year.
It is also possible to view some of my work and contact me via my website http://www.libbigooch.co.uk/