This week we are talking to Angie Horsley, a Pastel, Watercolour and Ink on Silk artist who not only is one of the artists on this year’s tour, but is also one of the tour’s organizers.
What kind of work do you create?
I love to paint anything that is beautiful and colourful (red being my favourite colour); flowers, fruit, children, colourful architecture are just some of my favourites. Additionally, in my solitude collection, I enjoy painting in the simplest form of only one colour.
How did you get started in your work?
My interest in art began as a small child; I was constantly colouring and tracing. When I got into high school, art was not offered, so at the age of 17, I started taking night courses. From then on, I was hooked. Starting with just charcoal and paper, I progressed into pastels where I stayed for many years.
I have lived in Bradford all my life. I married, had children; and when my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism, I found comfort in art, as the challenges of my life were at times very difficult. I could leave my stress behind in a picture for a couple of hours here and there.
Eventually, I progressed to watercolour and ink on silk. Many recreational courses, and now 44 years later, I still love to spend the afternoon with a paintbrush.
What inspires you to create?
My inspiration comes from everyday observations. I see beauty wherever I go, and I capture it in my mind or in a photograph.
What is your favorite piece you have created and why?
My favorite piece hangs in my house. I borrowed a friend's cockatiel (in its cage, of course!). It was such a great model. It just stared at me and sat still, until it feel asleep.
What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in art?
If you have been bitten by the art bug, you should practice everyday, and take as many classes as you can from varying instructors. You take away something from everyone you learn from, until you find your own voice.
You can check out Angie's work at this years tour at Art in the Barn,
291 Morris Rd.