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Mike Jackson

Somerset artist Mike Jackson's work is inspired by family, and his relationship with his wife.

Inspiration

I am inspired really by my family, and the way my wife and I were when we were teenagers. We were a pair of romantics and always endeavoured to keep our relationship fun! I try to depict this in my little characters. In most relationships there are sad times as well as happy times; this will show in my character as my work develops.

I was greatly inspired by LS Lowry, influenced mainly because he was a friend of my Grandfather. My ideas come mainly when I am out driving, and thinking about quirky little images to paint. I wish I could say that they come easily, but they don’t! It really is hard work, in fact that is probably harder than putting the painting together. I tend to draw hundreds of little sketches when I get an idea in my head, and then try to develop two or three of the best sketches.

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