Mark Fisher lives in Sedlescombe. His pictures are inspired by the diverse local landscape he sees everyday.What art techniques/style do you use and why?
I am interested in all elements of drawing and painting. Sketching with a pencil and sketch book is a pleasure that I return to again and again. My main work that I exhibit and sell are paintings on canvas in acrylic paints. I use a wide range of techniques in my paintings from very traditional ones to ones that are very innovative such as controlled splattering of paint onto a surface and building up areas of relief and texture in resin then painting on top of this. I am very interested in all painting techniques and styles. I am not a predictable artist and don’t just stick to one technique or to one style. I tend to use and develop techniques and styles that best describe the subject matter that has inspired me to paint.
How and what about the High Weald landscape and its features or materials inspires you?
It is the beauty and diversity of the landscape and the changing seasons that especially inspire me. I am very inspired by woodland and country lanes.
Is there a special place where you like to do your art?
I mainly work in my garden studio but I also love working in my own woodland.
Were you good at art at school? What did your teachers say?
I was good at art at school and took my ‘O’ level art early in the 4th year at secondary school. My teachers encouraged me with my art.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I always knew I would do something ‘arty’.
How did you become an artist?
I was bought up in an ‘arty’ house as my mother was an artist. I went to Art College and went into an art and design career. In the last 6 years I have started teaching adults and selling my own work more widely.
What do you like most about being an artist?
It is doing something that I really love and opening my eyes to the beauty of the world around me. I enjoy teaching others to love art.
What is your artist tip for local children?
Try to draw or paint something every other day
How have the pictures you supplied for the website come about?
These are pictures inspired by the diverse local landscape. Old sheds being taken over by nature is a constant theme of mine. I love painting the light and dark in this local woodland.
If you interested in finding out more about woodlands in the High Weald then please visit the Weald Forest Ridge Partnership Scheme pages or to find out more about Mark Fisher, visit www.markfisherart.co.uk