Read our fun interview & get-to-know session with artist Martin Davis from Swanwick, Great Britain.

You can see Martin's profile or commission him at www.mademay.com/MartinDavisArtist

How would your best friend (or someone close to you) describe you using only 3 adjectives?

Driven, conscientious, moral.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

There is no typical day at the moment but before Covid it would be – am. get up, domestic chores (even artists have them), think about art all the while, catch up with soc media and business/admin demands, lunch, pm. Studio time , painting and planning, visit galleries, travel for inspiration or commissions, computer time-publicity, exposure and chase opportunities. Cook dinner to relax from art, evening switch off and enjoy music, review days work achievements, plan for next day. Bed.

Who inspires you?

Singer Sargent, Hockney, Paula Rego.

What is your favorite quote?

“If I could express it in words there would be no need to paint it” – Edward Hopper

What is something you wish you could change about the world?

Bring about effective global cooperation and make people realize there is only ever right now.

Do you have any hidden talents?

If I have they are hidden from me! Painting used to be my hidden talent during my 30+ year career in the fire & rescue service.

As an artist, what made you get into art?

Inner compulsion that has always been there, and as I got older to get people to look properly and see what is all around them.

What is your favorite thing about art commissions?

Art commissions can be a mixed blessing because you have little control over their timing but they can be a delight because they force you to push the envelope and paint things you may not ordinarily consider. This is good discipline and broadens your artistic capacity.

What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone living)

Anything by Paula Rego, but if pushed - “The family”.

What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone dead)

Vermeer “Girl with a pearl earring”.

What do you want people to know about you?

That I paint a wider range of genres than just portraits. I do it because I have a restless artistic need to move on and develop so I’ve never settled on one thing.