Tim Pryke studied at Brighton Polytechnic and returned to Sussex after travelling through Asia and Australia. He draws his inspiration from the High Weald landscape, especially through the change of seasons and the differences in light throughout the day.
What art techniques/style do you use and why?
I tend to paint with oils on board, and always prefer to paint in the open air, with the landscape in front of me. I would describe my style as impressionistic. Painting to me is almost like a meditation; I absorb the atmosphere and let my subconscious do the rest.
How and what about the High Weald landscape and its features or materials inspires you?
I’ve known the landscape all my life, and I find it very comfortable and reassuring, but it never ceases to surprise. Most of the surprises come from the way the light plays on the landscape at different times of day through the seasons.
Is there a special place where you like to do your art?
I tend to work within a five-mile radius of Ticehurst, normally looking towards the hills in the South.
Were you good at art at school? What did your teachers say?
I wasn’t particularly good academically, but my artistic ability gave me a real sense of achievement, which was encouraged by a very supportive art teacher.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I was about 14, and was painting a study of trees, as part of a school art project, which I remember vividly to this day.
How did you become an artist?
I went to art-college for three years and have been painting ever since.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Having the opportunity to be creative, and being constantly surprised by what can be achieved.
What is your artist tip for local children? Observe what’s around you, and paint what you see and what you feel. Trust your own instincts. There are no mistakes in Art!
How did the pictures you have supplied for the website come about?
These pictures have come about by returning to same location time and time again, and capturing in a whole range of light conditions.
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