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Painting Tips, Issue #011 -- Nicky, interview with an artist
November 13, 2008

An interview with a South African artist
Nicky Chovuchovu

A while ago I wrote and told you about Art in the Park and my friend Nicky. I also promised I'd tell you a bit more about him.
Well recently I went to his studio in Durban to ask him a few questions and also if he would like to join South African Painting Holidays as a tutor! See what he had to say:

  • How long have you been painting Nicky?
    Painting, painting for money, I'd say four or five years. Before that I was a commercial artist and painted for pleasure.

  • Do you remember when you first decided you wanted to paint?
    No, somewhere around 10 or 11. I used to design my own T shirts because my father also paints

  • What is a perfect day for you?
    It's a day when I spend most of the time here in the studio. Sometimes I'm here at 3am then I go and do the errands, take my son to day care and drop my wife. Then I continue to paint from about 7:30 until around 3 or 4, then I collect my son and I'm the family man

  • You have started to do instruction now, do you enjoy that?
    Yes,it is quite enjoyable it is a two way street, you learn and you teach as well.

  • So you will enjoy doing painting holidays with us then?
    Ya, It will be fun

  • How much time do you spend on what you want to paint versus what you are commissioned to paint?
    I would say 30% is when I paint what I want to paint

  • What has been the highlight of your painting life so far?
    When I was selected to go to London, and when I was on TV
    and he laughs quietly..

To listen to the full interview you can join the Painting Circle for free when you Book a South African Painting Holiday and you will be able to access not only this interview but loads of video painting tips and helpful advice. You can even get mentored by Gill, another of our tutors, while you paint from home. Never feel alone with your painting again!


"Never give up on a painting. Quite often the desperation caused by an unsolvable problem forces you to paint in a new way."
Andrew James A&I March 2008

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