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John Horner

  1. Tell us about the title of your show “Plein Air & More”
    Plein Air painting and sketching have been a way of life to me on my travels. And ‘More’ refers to works developed from these studies in the studio.
  2. If you could master one tool/skill, what would it be?
    The skill of capturing atmospheres and experiences in paint is key to me.
  3. What’s your usual art making process/inspiration/how do you work?
    I work in short periods of intensive energy. If the creative juices are flowing run with it  if not I quickly do something else.
  4. What are some challenges and perks of being an artist?
    A perk is always having something to do, in retirement and lockdown. Challenge is to stay motivated and positive.
  5. Which 3 artists (dead/alive) would you like to have dinner with?
    Colin McCahon, l wish I had talked to him more at art school.
    Max Ernst, zany character.
    Henri Matisse – a great inspiration but I would have to learn more French.
  6. ​What advice would you give to a younger John starting out in the creative industry?
    Have confidence in yourself and take opportunities. Teaching is a good way to impart knowledge.
  7. What would you like to achieve within the next 10 years?
    Travel a lot and exhibit every couple of years. Stay alive.
  8. What are 5 most important items/tools in your studio?
    Full bodied quality acrylics, screen printing squeegee, watercolour set for travel, good range of brushes, Schminke pastels (brilliant).
  9. What excites you the most about your upcoming exhibition?
    Its the first time I have exhibited plein air sketches in my career, also looking forward to the Depot Artspace as a great venue and being back on the shore.

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