Artist Profile: Fiona Hind

Painter Fiona Hind presents her delightful portfolio. We spoke with her about inspiration, and doing business as an artist.

 

"The Cuillin."60 cm x 70 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“The Cuillin.”60 cm x 70 cm, oil on canvas

 

ABI:  How would you describe yourself as a painter?

FH:  It is incredibly difficult to describe myself as a painter. Not because I’m so unique or there are no words which can describe me, far from it, but because it’s hard for me personally to find the words. Words are not my strong point. Pictures are.

 

"Spaeter Herbst in Schauinsland" 80 cm x 60 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Spaeter Herbst in Schauinsland” 80 cm x 60 cm, oil on canvas

 

With painting, I am comfortable and can more easily describe something, somewhere, or someone. It means I’m able to “say” what I “see” or “feel”, visually. Or at least, that’s what I’m trying to do. I love the medium of oil paint and painting; its challenges as a medium, and its advantages with the way it can be used.

 

"Ann G" 50 cm x 50 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Ann G” 50 cm x 50 cm, oil on canvas

 

I prefer letting the viewer make their own conclusion about a finished piece, and to find their own narrative within it. I’m only painting the scene, not telling anyone what to think or how to feel about what they see. It’s all a matter of personal interpretation, taste, opinion and perception, with all creative mediums. That’s how I view other’s artwork, whatever the medium used, and that’s how I would like others to view mine.

 

"Beach at North Uist" 60 cm x 80 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Beach at North Uist” 60 cm x 80 cm, oil on canvas

 

ABI:  What are your preferred subjects, and why?

FH:  Landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, people, animals, places and faces; I don’t like to limit my subject material, but just go with what I feel like painting. There are definitely times I am on a landscape journey, or sometimes a figurative one, but I don’t pre-plan what comes next. I just wait and see what naturally develops into my next subject or theme.

 

"Schwarzwaldkuh" 50 cm x 50 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Schwarzwaldkuh” 50 cm x 50 cm, oil on canvas

 

ABI:  How do you exhibit and sell your work?

FH:  Up until now, I have exhibited at various venues which regularly run exhibitions of local artists, for example, restaurants, and community centers. Also, I apply and participate in regional art fairs and art markets.

 

"Ruby" 36 cm x 44 cm, oil on canvas by Fiona Hind. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Ruby” 36 cm x 44 cm, oil on canvas

 

More recently, I’ve started using social media to help direct traffic to my website and hopefully gain some sales that way. I try to keep it up to date and regularly refresh it with new work. But many sales have come from word of mouth or physically doing art fairs and markets. I have found recent exhibitions great for connecting and networking with people, and sometimes a sale or commission comes indirectly from this later. All contact is a promotion opportunity!

 

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