Interview with Nom Kinnearking

Why and when did you start making art?
Drawing has been my great love since I was a child so it has just progressed from then. I used to draw girls and then wander our surrounding fields thinking about their lives.

What kind of art do you make?
I make paintings in oil on canvas and board of female figures that are a blend if reality and my imagination. They are most akin to the pop-surrealist/LoFi movement.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My main sources of inspiration are the objects that I have collected and use as props and the books I read. I am currently making a painting for an exhibition on works inspired by writers on the character Rosa from House of spirits by Isabel Allende. I also Love to have Tom Waits on in the background as he drums up a great atmosphere.

What does your usual work day look like?
It begins with a check of my emails and a lot of Coffee. Then I walk the dog and paint till
It’s time to walk the dog again, have tea and paint till I realise I should go to bed.

How would you spend your perfect Sunday?
I would get up early so I can work to be able to relax for the rest of the day, have a late breakfast of eggs Benedict out at as café in the city, go to see an exhibition, they meet up with friends for drinks. Then spend the evening watching movies with my boyfriend with our sketch books.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I didn’t used to like chocolate, but now I like terry’s chocolate orange.

Show me you favourite artwork?
“The Absinthe Drinker” by Pablo Picasso from 1901.

Whom should we interview next?
My partner Adam Oehlers is a great illustrator and still surprises me. He has made a beautiful ghost story
called ‘Dear little Emmie’ with French publishers Au Fond Du Grenier coming out this year.

If you could have a coffee with a famous artist dead or alive who would you choose?
Ray Caeser. His computerised art works are incredible in detail, style and imagination, I would love to understand his process.

What is your Philosophy on life?
If you work hard, good things are sure to come.

Thank you, Nom!

More about Nom Kinnearking and her work can be found on her blog!