We recently spent some time with John Stuart-Mills, one of our best selling artists. Working mainly in oils, John produces work in varying styles from Old Masters through to bright, bold contemporary images. Read our interview with John here – it gives a good insight into what makes John tick!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My Inspiration comes from the meeting of water and land with its many moods. Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived on the coast and feel most comfortable there.
Which famous artist do you admire the most and why?
I admire the precision and techniques of natural realism; Canaletto for his architecture and Vermeer for his colours.
What person – living or dead – would you like to spend a day with and why?
I’d most like to spend the day with my late father who I haven’t seen since I was 5 years old. I would like to know him as an adult.
Tell us a typical artistic day for you in 5 words
Paint, coffee. Paint, coffee ….repeat
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a view I came across during one of my weekly beach walks earlier this year. It’s a scene of Southsea beach where the seafront buildings were highlighted by golden sunlight after a storm.
What’s the one thing you’d take to a desert island and why?
It would be a guitar. I could find materials to paint with, but bashing coconut shells or blowing a conch just isn’t rock and roll enough for me.
What was the last art exhibition you attended?
I recently had a day out at the Tate then a boat trip down the Thames to Tate Modern where I saw a Dali original…. Wow!
Landscapes or Seascapes?
Landscapes with water or seascapes with land, I don’t mind which!
What’s your favourite colour or colour palette?
My favourite colour…Any kind of Blue although I get the most from turquoise.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris. It’s essentially about “mindfulness”.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?