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Take Five with Rosa Doyle

I first met Rosa Doyle in 2014 and was immediately taken by her beautiful, vibrant prints and paintings inspired by her love of nature. She graduated from Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London in 2009, was featured in '10 best prints for under £100' in The Independent in 2015, and exhibited at the Westminster Reference Library in 2016. A selection of her bird greetings cards (including those above) are sold in The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) shops around the country. 

If you are based in London and want to see Rosa's work in person, she has a forthcoming exhibition which focuses on paintings inspired by her recent time spent in the small village on the edge of the Amazon Jungle in Peru. The Fruit Saloon exhibition will be at the Gallery Cafe, St. Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL and opens on 5 April.  

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
Having the opportunity to share my passions and ideas through visual media and seeing the responses from other people.

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
This is a difficult question. At the moment I’d have to say its Marianne North. Marianne North was a Victorian adventurer and Painter who travelled the world and created so many beautiful paintings on her way. These paintings are on permanent display at the Marianne North gallery in The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Lots of colour and exotic birds, animals and flowers – not only do I love the paintings themselves but I find her story deeply inspiring on many levels. Having seen her work for the first time a couple of years ago she has inspired me so much.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Be patient. Be curious. Be grounded. Have fun!

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
When I feel creatively blocked I try to connect with something I find inspiring, whether it be a favourite poem, walking in nature, a visit to a museum or gallery. Whatever feels most relevant at the time. 

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Another difficult question! I’m torn between practicality and glamour at the moment. I’d like to be a hiking sandal as they are super comfortable and versatile. They can get you through most situations be it river wading or desert wandering. But being visually minded I am also drawn to beauty. So part of me would have to say a ridiculous and beautifully hand crafted dip dyed and bejewelled ballet flat.

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