James Potter

James’s earliest memory of art is drawing herons and grebes with a ballpoint pen with his grand father. He found it amazing that he could create the birds with a pen and they really looked like the real thing, or at least a good impression thereof.

Later on he started to paint with gouache and then tried oil paints and has not looked back, the vibrant colours and ability to mix pigments provides, for him, the best medium in which to paint.

He suffers from anxiety and has done since thirteen years old, which made him struggle socially. Art is his escape from this and the subjects he chooses - woods; trees; waterfalls and the sea - calm him greatly. James loves the movement of water, especially with fish in a pond and the crashing of waves at the sea. The stillness of a wood with the sunlight shining through the leaves offer a great deal of calm and joy; the tranquil flow of a waterfall and river offers a joyous escape from stress and worries.

My influences on art are William-Adolphe Bouguereau; John Singer sargent and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.