Carl Niblett on painting, walking and landscapes
Here’s the first instalment of our interviews with the exhibitors at the Scout and Peg Spring Fair.
How did you become an artist?
I have always been a keen drawer, my mother has still got pictures from as early as 3 yrs old. What really launched me into the world of painting though, was when my Aunt and Uncle gave me an oil paints box for my 14th birthday and which I still use to this day!
Where do you seek inspiration?
I’m a keen walker, and always have been, I love being outdoors and derive all of my inspiration from the scenes that I encounter when I’m out and about. What I’m really looking for is drama and atmosphere and, hopefully, being able to capture that in my paintings.
Are you working on any special new paintings or projects at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a couple of projects. I have been lucky enough to have my limited edition prints accepted into the Artworx Gallery in Newport, Shropshire; and Julie, the owner, has asked me to produce some original paintings of local scenes for her to exhibit. I am also working on some local scenes for the Enville Arts Fair in April.
What’s your favourite piece from your archive?
Up until the end of last year I had one piece of work that I considered to be my best, it was a picture of rowing boats moored at Ambleside in the Lake District “Storm Approaching” which I completed in 1987! However, I finished a painting in December 2016 called “Secluded waterfall, Nant Methan” after finding a magical little spot in the Elan Valley reservoirs- this has now become my new favourite.
Who is your favourite artist or designer in the area?
Having only recently decided to “do something” with my art I haven’t really come into contact with any other artists locally but the artist that has influenced me since I started painting is John Constable. I was such a massive fan that, in my youth, I spent 2 weeks painting holidays at Flatford Mill field centre, the birth place of Constable. Last year I discovered another landscape artist, a Dane called Peder Mork Monsted whose work is unbelievably superb, check him out you won’t believe your eyes!