Euphoria: John Hammonde

Euphoria: John Hammonde

For Kent based artist John Hammonde, the creative process evokes feelings of excitement, anticipation and euphoria. In his explosive and expressive art pieces he uses a spectrum of colour to express an array of emotion. In our chat John shares his creative process, his exciting collaboration with Folkestone Fringe this year and how art is essential for a balanced mind and a healthy mental wellness.

Saffron-Rose: Ignorant bliss

Saffron-Rose: Ignorant bliss

Saffron-Rose offers viewers a glimpse into her mind, her imagination and the dreams that haunt her in her surreal paintings. Saffron opens up on how her art helps to support her mental health. She shares how she is gradually shedding the expectations put on artists to have a 'niche' and instead paints for herself: to maintain a clear mind and to enter a peaceful state of ignorant bliss.

Pockets of Curiosity: Paula Cherry

Pockets of Curiosity: Paula Cherry

Paula Cherry's vibrant artworks are a reflection of her inner and outer landscapes where she pairs her love for the outdoors with the contemplative thoughts and emotions she experiences whilst in nature. Her emotions are transformed into texture and colour on canvas as she spreads a message of expression, joy and an appreciation for nature with the viewer.

Power: Salpi Markarian

Power: Salpi Markarian

I spoke to Artist and Business woman Salpi Markarian about her creative process, where she finds inspiration and how she finds balancing her businesses with art and motherhood. Salpi's art is a reflection of her life's experiences. With an eye for design and interiors, Salpi chooses her colour palettes based on what she feels a particular room needs; hoping her art will form rich connections with others and bring a powerful meaning to people's homes.

Intuition: Brittany Metka

Intuition: Brittany Metka

Brittany Metka lets her intuition and inner wisdom guide her with her colourful abstract paintings. She embraces the process and feels the colours as she paints; viewing any "accidental" marks made, as a moment of collaboration between herself and the painting. Abstract art allows Brittany to connect to herself and feel present. Brittany shares her creative process and art rituals with us, and talks about how she manages feelings of anxiety and moments of waiting and wanting.