How do you find inspiration?
Vicki Sullivan: There are many things which I draw my inspiration from. I would say that mainly people are my first source. I will often see someone I would love to paint and sometimes I am brave enough to ask them to model for me, even when they are strangers. Sometimes there is a story or narrative I have in mind and sometimes it is a mood I wish to convey. Sometimes the model will come up with a suitable pose and I will go with that. Inspiration is flexible.
What is the best thing about being an artist?
Vicki Sullivan: I love to be working as an artist. I think one of the best things about it is meeting people from all walks of life and painting them. Especially as a portrait artist I get to meet people and have discussions about the world with a broad range of views.
I also love to work for myself and choose what I feel like doing. I feel very fortunate to work at a job which I love, and even though I put in long hours it does not feel like a chore because I love to do it.
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