We have recently had the pleasure of meeting an exciting local artist, Neil Stokes, and have been able to ask him a few questions about himself and his work. He is a practicing artist based locally in rural South Wales, predominantly painting local landscapes in Oil.
If you could please tell us a little about yourself?
I gained my BA (Hons) Fine Art from Wolverhampton University. After working in Media I returned to Wolverhampton University where I then studied for my Master of Art. I achieved my MA in 2005.
Where do you work from and what is your studio like?
I work from my Studio at home which is rural and quiet. My studio is full of canvases, paints and painting materials.
What is your preferred medium and why?
I now work mainly in oil paint. The slower drying time allows for changes as the painting develops.
What is your earliest memory of painting or creating art?
My earliest memory of creating art was when I was ten. I would spend time studying and drawing people, buildings and landscapes. I won a prize for my drawings of the inside of St.Johns Church.
What is the best compliment you have received as an artist?
The best compliment I have received was when I was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Art in London
Do you have a favourite piece from your own collections?
My personal favourite piece of my own work was a mixed media piece entitled 'Boys of Bazau'
Which artists do you admire?
The Welsh Artist I admire the most is Augustus John who lived in Tenby.
What brought you to Pembrokeshire? Do you have a favourite local place?
I have always enjoyed the beauty and atmosphere of Pembrokeshire and always knew I would settle here one day, and my favourite place will always be Narberth.
Have you ever had a painting disaster?
Yes. There always are and always will be painting disasters. This is just a part of the process.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring artist?
My advice to any aspiring artist is to remember that every painting is an adventure, embrace it.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions and feed our curiosity! We are very pleased to have your beautiful work in our gallery.