Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?
My name is Cordelia Hutchison. I have always loved sketching and painting and when I was studying History of Art I suddenly realised that all I wanted to be doing was the practical stuff. After the most wonderful term in Florence where I was doing lots of life drawing I realised that I had to keep it up.
Apart from creating things what else do you enjoy doing?
I am a bit of a fidget and have lots of energy. So when I am not painting I am usually doing Capoeira (a Brazilian dance which combines playful fighting with acrobatic movements). I absolutely love Brazilian culture and travel to Brazil every year with my family.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Most of my inspiration comes from places I go and people I see. I love to paint sea scapes and pictures of people going about their everyday life. What I look for is the effect of strong light on the subject. I paint my canvases a bright, cerise pink which gives a warmth and light to the final paintings. Bristol is such a wonderfully creative place to be so it is pretty easy to feel inspired.
Describe your studio or workspace?
I have a little studio at the back of my house but it is jam packed with canvases, frames and books so I tend to paint on my kitchen table. The room is a busy family space in the day and transformed into my workspace once the kids are in bed.
What is a typical work day for you?
My day usually starts with a bit of doodling on the back of an envelope and a list of all the things I need to remember, I am terribly forgetful so if this doesn't happen, nothing gets done. If its a sunny day then always get out and about on my bike and take my camera and my sketch book. I often pop into Niche to get frames and then to the fine art shop on Park Row. The evenings are spent painting and framing things up ready for exhibitions. I try not to check my emails and phone too regularly as this is the worst distraction.
What do you love most about what you do?
I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love. It is really satisfying creating things, I loved just getting totally absorbed in a painting.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Which local artist/maker do you most admire?
I really like the work of Claire Halifax, it is so fun and quirky.
Tell us your current loves:
* Restaurant / Café: Mrs Browns- Victoria Park
* Blog: Poiresauchocolat
* Book: Captain Corelli's Mandolin
* Designer / maker / artist: Relton Marine
If you were stranded in the wilds somewhere, what item would you need with you the most?
Thank you Cordelia, your work is truly wonderful. And yes I am sure even Bear Grylls would take some chocolate with him!
You can find Cordelia's delicious paintings in our Made in Britain shop, which is open daily.
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