In Full BloomBased in Worcester, UK, fine artist Caroline Hall paints amazing floral artworks inspired by the wild Worcestershire countryside. Her art reflects a deep passion for nature, beautifully capturing her surroundings with vibrant paintings and ceramics.
Whether painting or sculpting, Caroline enlivens each piece with a bright burst of energy, giving her work a distinct character of its own. We spoke to Caroline about her daily routine, her classical influences and her plans to learn new techniques, like stained glass.
Why do you create?
When I was a child I was always making something. Either out of cardboard, found objects or later in clay. It was my play, a way of bringing my imagination into this world. I would, and still do, get lost in the process of creating.
It's almost like meditation, when my mind is elsewhere and my hands are quite happy painting away. It has become who I am, certainly as I get older, I have to be someone who uses their hands to express themselves. I could not imagine life any other way.
“I find walking or running in the countryside energises my mind and allows me space to reflect...”
How and where do you work?
I am very fortunate to work full time as an artist and have my studio at the bottom of my garden. Most mornings I grab my coffee and head off to the studio at 9.30. I work in blocks of 1.5/2 hours as I tend to work quite quickly, sketching out an idea and adding layers of acrylics to add shape on the canvas. I will try to go for a walk most afternoons. I find walking or running in the countryside energises my mind and allows me space to reflect on my work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration is from many places, books are a great passion of mine and I am always reading. These wonderful stories often find themselves in my paintings or ceramics. The countryside is also deeply important to me, the link to nature, seeing the seasons change. I live close to the Malvern hills which feature in my collection of art as does Cornwall. These are places which I often visit and they hold some wonderful memories.
“My work is influenced by experiences, emotions, seasons and the world around me.”
Artists who use movement and bold colour inspire me. Gogh's skies and Monet's lilies, Brancusi's sculptures for their perfect form. Music, especially the piano and violin. So as you can see, inspiration is not something which I am lacking. I sometimes feel I could do with living a couple more lifetimes to allow me the time to paint everything!
What influences your work?
My work is influenced by experiences, emotions, seasons and the world around me. Seeing exhibitions, architecture, fabrics, beautiful gardens and plays form ideas and find themselves on my canvases. Some of my work is commissioned so these pieces are a collaboration of ideas which is always interesting. I enjoy working with the client to create their special piece.
If I am working towards an exhibition, the space will dictate the sizes of canvases and I will try to visualise the relationships between pieces. Looking at themes and overall feeling.
Where do you sell your art?
My art is sold through directly from my studio and my website. It's also available from galleries like The Gallery Pershore and Art is Ar’t the Gallery, shops like Lillie and Dot, online stores like David Watson, plus at various events and exhibitions around the country.
How do you promote yourself and your work?
This is something which I am still learning! I have been using Instagram and Facebook regularly this year. I feel it's important to connect with people and share how art is made, why you make it and of course, tell them about yourself. Exhibitions and events like Worcester Open Studios is a fantastic way to promote yourself and meet lots of amazing people who just love art.
“Worcestershire is a great community of creative souls. We are very supportive of each other...”
This year is my fourth year and each year we are growing and connecting with local people. My work is currently at Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham all summer. This event showcases my artwork and other local artists as well as supporting St Richard's Hospice.
I have found that Worcestershire is a great community of creative souls. We are very supportive of each other and regularly meet up and exchange ideas and share events to showcase our artwork. We help to promote each other through this collaboration and hopefully grow stronger as artists.
What are your future ambitions?
Gosh, this year has been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. I have been busy with commissions, exhibitions and events that I have not really thought about next year. I would like to be in more galleries as this will bring my art to other regions of the UK. I will keep trying new techniques or learn new skills. It is good for development to sometimes work outside your comfort zone.
“Artists need to take risks, to explore ideas and reflect on their work to become better artists.”
I have some ideas for a new body of work for the autumn which I am looking forward to starting and continuing my figure sculptures in ceramics. I have returned to ceramics after working in a pottery many years ago and am enjoying blending magical literature with sculpture. I also would like to learn the techniques of stained glass as this has interested me for a while and I like the ethos of surrounding yourself with objects which bring you joy!
Do you have any advice for other artists?
Try to remain true to your calling. Paint what you feel passionate about first. Selling your work is important and necessary to be a business, but if you do not put yourself into your work, people will not see the best of you and this will discourage you and possibly take away your inspiration. Artists need to take risks, to explore ideas and reflect on their work to become better artists. We fundamentally create art for ourselves with the hope that other people also love our art too!
Communication is essential. Chat to other artists. Ask questions as they are a minefield of knowledge. I am constantly learning from my fellow artists on business development, different art materials, best competitions to enter and general feedback on ideas. Above all, enjoy what you do and keep doing it!
Many thanks to Caroline Hall for answering our questions. You can buy original artworks and prints of Caroline's art on her website, or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.