KAYE PARMENTER – The Sugar Cube Interview
First things first, how did you get started as an artist?
I have always been a creative person and have been interested in watercolours from an early age. It is a very addictive medium to paint with and I believe that you should never stop learning wherever you are on your artistic journey.
Any advice you could pass on to aspiring arts of any age?
I would urge any artist to look at every blank piece of paper or canvas as an exciting opportunity. Not every piece has to work but you should never stop experimenting and trying to build your own style.
How would you sum up your style of work in 120 characters?
I aim, in my work, to capture the very essence of my subject. I tend to try and keep the painting spontaneous with use of energetic brushstrokes.
The Sugar Cube Gallery is pretty small but is it the smallest gallery you’ve ever exhibited your work in?
I have had smaller wall space in larger galleries!
As an artist is there a time of year you like best?
No I love all seasons for different reasons. The only thing I miss is the longer days with more light that we have over the summer.
What is your favourite medium and why?
Watercolour as it is a fluid medium.
Which artist alive or dead would you most like to meet and why?
Do you always have a sketchbook with you when you’re on the move?
No, I tend to work from photos and memory
How do you unwind after a long day in the studio?
I generally have very little spare time but I guess my next favourite thing to art, is cooking!
Where do you like working best – in a studio or out and about?
I prefer working in the studio. I find plein air painting in watercolour really hard as the elements can interfere with the drying process of the paint.
And finally, if you were allowed to keep (but not sell!) one work of art from any gallery or collection worldwide, which would it be?
That’s a tricky question! I love all of Monet’s water lily paintings – so any of them could have a wall in my home!