Nigel Fletcher will be exhibiting as part of the Upcoming Oxfordshire Artweeks festival and he sent the following thoughts to us at Four Shires Magazine and we are happy to share them with you now.
“It seems to me that the Artweeks festival comes around very quickly each year! not that I’m grumbling I look forward to it and really enjoy the excitement of getting all the paintings finished, ordering frames, sorting signage, designing adverts, labelling paintings, updating Social media, writing my newsletter and contacting local magazines in the hope of getting some much needed publicity. It’s all part of the job, I realise that being an artist is not just about sitting in the studio or getting outside with the easel on lovely warm sunny days! it’s also about marketing and trying everything to get as much attention for my work as possible. Not that easy during the weeks before Artweeks as so many other very deserving artists are trying to do the same! I’ve been exhibiting with Artweeks consistently for over twenty years and each year it’s just as exciting as the first, only now I know many of the visitors personally and have become friends with most, but I still get very chuffed when someone makes a connection with a painting and wants it so much they are prepared to buy it, it’s the ultimate accolade and it’s kept me doing the thing I love for so many years. I do get very emotionally attached to some of the paintings especially those painted outside in all weathers – even if they aren’t the best technically they will represent much effort and commitment over several hours then carried carefully back through muddy fields or busy streets before returning to the studio on the farm. I love it and look forward to this years Artweeks, I’m exhibiting for two weeks so maybe I’ll see you at Swalcliffe Village Hall from 12th to 27th May”
Most paintings can be seen at nigelfletcher.co.uk