Bridget Davies is an artist whose work I came across by chance when, if I remember correctly, someone retweeted a piece of her work on Twitter. From the moment I saw that image, I was hooked! Bridget creates beautiful women in gorgeous frocks in glamorous settings. I adore the wit and stylishness of the paintings which feel to me like a continuation of the wonderfully elegant sketches you find in 1940s Vogue, or an evocation of the Golden Age of Hollywood. They manage to be both a hark back to more glamorous times and right on the button contemporary.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
There is no one thing, but an accumulation of lots of wonderful things. Creating and painting, and I like working by myself for myself. I also have a very varied routine, so I am never bored. I either have art fairs to prepare for, illustrations commissions to produce. I also work with interior designers. It is also good to be able to go off for a run or take part in a yoga class when I fancy.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I love the work of Christian Dior in the 50s. He also worked with Roger Vivier the shoes designer, and used Rene Gruau to illustrate his fabulous opulent creations. The three came together like a dream! What beautiful illustrations, dresses and shoes!
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Try to surround yourself with positive people and positive energy, and don’t be put off by some people not understanding what you are about or what you are trying to achieve…. There are plenty that will. There are so many ways of promoting one’s work these days, and if your work is good and you believe in yourself and your work you will be successful
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I guess creating a bit of distance for a while.
I don’t really have creative blocks… as soon as I wake up I start getting ideas. My head sometimes becomes over stimulated by new ideas or/and the development of existing ones, and this can slow my work down and cause me to be very ineffective with my time. I haven’t found an answer to controlling this yet!
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
How funny…. I’m illustrating a book on shoes at the moment.
Although I paint lots of fancy looking shoes I keep the heels for ‘taxi’ nights only. I like my comfort.
Probably a trainer!