Interview with Annabel Andrews

Please introduce yourself to us!

I was born in 1940 in the Isle of Wight. A wonderful place and time to grow up in, surrounded by a loving family of post Victorian great aunts, uncles and grandparents. In a world with no TV or smart phones. We played freely in the country and by the sea, inventing games and adventures, always closely connected to nature.

At 18 I left my island to work for Sir Reginald Watson Jones, and learned to be an autopathic radiographer in his private consulting rooms in London.

In the early 60s I went to live in the Canary Islands (Las Palmas) where I met my Spanish husband.

In 1975 we came to Madrid and now I live in El Escorial. Another island a long way from the sea, surrounded by natural beauty and memories.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from observation of surroundings, sometimes very close up others far away in space, as if in two dimensions, and giving the same importance to shadows as to solid objects .This gives me many interest patterns to be turned into pictures. To many to capture in a lifetime.

Afternoon, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, 116×89 cm

Is there a particular material that you prefer to work with?

I prefer to work on heavy cotton duck prepared by me with casein glue and zinc white, continuing with acrylic colours. I also enjoy drawing on paper.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy the sensation of moving a large brush full of paint across the canvas – combining colours and forms until the result gives me satisfaction.

Road to Avila, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, 73×187 cm

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