Interview with artist Solly Smook

How did you decide to become an artist?

I was working as restaurant manager for 15 years. While I was running a restaurant in Dingle, Ireland, I realised that working THIS hard for THIS little amount of money was ridiculous. I would rather do what I love and earn little money, than break my back for little money. Little did I know that when you do something you love, the rewards are abundant. So I quit the restaurant trade and started working on a “name” for myself, in the art world.

How long have you been looking for your own style?

Years and Years ! Actually I never knew I had my own style, until the market told me so. I practice and play with art all the time. Incorporating different techniques, medium and styles until I find something I enjoy. I believe your own style appears when you stop forcing the creative process.

What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

Living on my own terms and conditions. Working harder and longer because I want to and because I love it. Having an afternoon nap. Exploring and being me.

What is the goal that you want to achieve this year?

I must be honest, I really have no goals for the rest of the year. I do have 2 solo shows coming up, but I have no expectations of 2020, other than to just evolve until I feel I am a brilliant artist (which by the way, most artists never feel happening). I would only wish, to allow myself and my art to evolve. Passionately.

Photo. Solly Smook

Website. sollysmook.com

JKM

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