ARTIST INTERVIEW – ANNA VENTURA
Anna Ventura is an artist based in Kingsbridge. Known for her incredibly detailed images in ink. As well as ink and charcoal sketches of local fauna. She set up Tidal Gallery in 2018, where she works and also exhibits her work. She took a step back in 2020 to welcome her daughter into the world. And now she is back, recharged and hoping to produce her best work yet.
When did you start doing Art?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t do drawing. My mother bought me my first set of pencils aged 3. After I started painting walls with whatever I could find: Food, biros, and even cigarrette ends! Although I started putting my creations on paper. The walls still called to me from time to time. I remember people asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. And I always replied: an artist. At age 9 I started to take Art lessons with a local artist and that’s when I really caught the bug. Then, at age 14, I submitted Art to a local exhibition for adults (both Amateur and Professional) and I got accepted! From then on, I pursued A level Arts, and then a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
Why did you become an artist?
Despite always painting, I didn’t consider myself an Artist until I started selling. I sold my first piece at 16: a commission for my local library. I used to go regularly, sometimes to draw, and they took an interest in my drawings. I started to refer to myself as an artist then, but purely because others told me I was! However, I didn’t feel I owned the title until I started selling regularly aged 25.
Where would you ultimately like to see your Art?
I dream of selling nationwide. Or even worldwide. But my most immediate aim is to build my business (Tidal Gallery) and develop my body of work further. Then gain some accolades. And ultimately I aim to exhibit further afield.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a secret commission. So I can’t say anything! But I have a side drawing of a falcon that I have almost finished. Apart from that, I have a couple of graphic design commissions on the go. I also do computer graphics and digital illustration, mostly on commission. But I have started to develop some illustration work for myself that I hope to get published. My daughter and her passion for books is what has inspired me to do this.
Who or what is your muse?
Nature mostly. I love animals. It’s always such a treat to sit in the garden, the beach or the moors and look at birds fly by. But even little insects inpire me. With their buzzing from flower to flower. I find inspiration in thriving wildlife. I also like architecture, sometimes I walk past buildings and I feel the itch to draw it. It’s style and history just appeals.
What is your favourite piece and why?
Oh my. I am not sure I could just choose one! I still hold dear this commission I did of the moon in pastel. It was commissioned by a friend who wanted something different to hang above his fireplace. But that is not representative of my current work. I would say that my latest piece in ink “Arrival” is probably my favourite. As I drew it while I was pregnant, as an ode to motherhood. So it means a lot to me.
A quote: A Spanish saying “No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy”. Which means: do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. I feel that it reflects the work ethics I was brought up with. But it is equally applicable to precious family moments.
A colour: Yellow. Loud and bright.
A song: To build a Home, by the cinematic Orchestra.
Favourite artist: Kathe Kollwitz. Such strong drawings.
Favourite place: Barcelona, my childhood home.
A hobby: Tending to my veggie patch!