Portrait Artist Of The Year 2020 – Episode 11 – The Winner’s Commission

Portrait Artist Of The Year 2020 – Episode 11 – The Winner’s Commission


hello we’re at the Magnificent Royal
Albert Hall in London where crowds are gathering for a very special evening in
a moment Nile Rodgers multi Grammy award-winning composer and producer will
be unveiling a brand new portrait it’s the prize commissioned by the portrait
artist of the year Christabel Blackman I can’t wait to see Niles reaction let’s
hope he doesn’t freak out over the last 10 weeks artists have traveled from all
over Britain and Ireland to compete for the chance to win this sensational
10,000 pound Commission Christabel Blackburn first impressed the judges at
Battersea Arts Centre where she won her heat with a striking portrait of actor
Adrian Dunbar what’s surprising about Chris Paul’s work is how economical it
is but it also gives you an insight into the sitter that is magic after making it
through the semi-final capturing the charisma of musical legend Elaine Paige
Christabel went on to win her final challenge at the National Portrait
Gallery with a painting of poet playwright and a broadcaster LEM sesay
and commissioned portrait of micro sculptor Willard Wiggin you’re thinking
wow we’re about to take Christabel into the art world and see where she goes
over the next few years and I have absolute faith in her as an artist christabel’s prized commission is to
paint music legend Nile Rodgers who’s shot to fame with 70s disco band chic
and collaborated with everyone from David Bowie to Pharrell Williams
producing countless dancefloor hits and selling over 500 million albums
now we follow christabella she sketches photographs earth gray and paints while
building a rapport with her celebrity sitter you sound so much like me are you
my sister receiving a surprise invitation you’re coming to my house in
Connecticut right through to unveiling her finished portrait at the Royal
Albert Hall Christabel lives in southwest London
with her husband Charlie and their three-year-old son Milo he’ll soon be
joined by a younger sibling you will have a beak like a bird
which one finding out that I won was it’s kind of surreal you don’t really
feel it at the time the sky arts portrait artist of the year 2020 is
Christabel black oh I put my head in my hands and just didn’t really acknowledge
what was going on until I took my hands away and then there were all the lights
and people and I sort of began to sink a little bit the final was a five set
nerve-racking there were so many sort of ebbs and flows ups and downs winning this competition is a massive
massive deal any of those finalists could have won I feel very lucky that it
was me – I do drawing about you just why I was sitting there go for it
taking part in this competition goes against all my natural instincts I like
to be quite private not very good at being put on the spot so I think I’ve
surprised myself in doing the competition and getting through it and
actually enjoying it it looks like his head’s come off Chris Bell works so hard
it’s been a lifetime ambition of has to be an artist that is recognised for her
is immense for us as a family it’s incredible my talent got it clear
was going on but I know one day he will look back at this and I hope that he
will realize that this was the start of something very special for her
he says she No more than a musician Nile Rodgers gift
for songwriting composing arranging and record producing has made him the
driving force behind a dizzying array of hits he’s had hits in every decade but
also worked with Madonna Jackson you know you name them right through to
Geron Duran Avicii Diana Ross David Bowie INXS Stevie Ray
Vaughan Pharrell Daft Punk so if somebody says
to me I don’t know Nile Rodgers who easy I said well he’s written the soundtrack
to your life reading his autobiography he’s had such a fascinating life I get
the sense that he’s probably a really nice guy really easy to talk to you but
still because he’s such a massive massive star I’m quite nervous as if
painting such a formidable sitter weren’t enough
Christabel must also consider the historic location where her portrait
will hang and she’s come to the Royal Albert Hall to meet its artistic and
commercial director Lucy Noble to receive her brief big congratulations
remaining how do you feel about it I’m still in shock still pinching myself and
especially now that I’m here we’ve had the most amazing and fabulous artists
and musicians perform at the Royal Albert Hall from Jimi Hendrix to Frank
Sinatra from ballet companies to opera companies the proms when artists woke up
our steps and in through the doors to perform it is quite a humbling and
really special moment you stand on that stage and it feels very intimate very
special as well to have your portrait here you’ll stand amongst the greats
really we want you to do what feels right for you so if it’s different in
its contemporary and different to what people might expect of the Royal Albert
Hall we’re totally up for that that’s what we
want opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 the
Royal Albert Hall has been celebrating the Arts with packed audiences ever
since and Nile Rodgers is no stranger to this national treasure
he recently performed here for the Teenage Cancer Trust a project close to
his heart as a cancer survivor himself he’ll also be serving as one of the
halls artists ambassadors when it marks its a hundred and fiftieth anniversary
in 2021 it’s incredible being here behind the
scenes I’ve got the piano tuning up for the next performance it’s quite
inspiring actually to be here in this in this space there’s this sense of history
and all inspiring monumental beautiful building in front of you and when I’m
back in my studio and thinking about the painting and the composition I’m gonna
go back to this moment and think about that gravitas and try and bring that
through into the painting before any formal sitting Niall has invited
Cristobal to meet him for the first time backstage London’s Royal Festival Hall
as well as curating the South banks meltdown festival here tonight he’s
doing a live podcast with his manager Merck mercury Ardis I’m beyond excited
to be painting now Rodgers I’m not sure how the final portrait it’s gonna work
out yet how I’m gonna do the composition I’m gonna see how tonight goes see how
he stands how he sits I’ve got to do him justice this is great I love it oh thank
you actually my dog passed away and it’s my dog’s collar it’s funny I was at this
very exclusive party that we were performing at I had this on and
everybody was going oh my god that’s so beautiful
Jesus Christ how much does that cost it’s actually my
dog his face is gonna be a great one to paint I mean he’s got all that history
just written across it all that music because music so happy pleased with the
warmest of Southbank bargains to Nile Rodgers and mercury artists when I’m
sitting there sketching him tonight I’d like to get his body language and his
movement and all of that I think that’s gonna really help him form the portrait
we try and have double entendre we wanted to be confusing even people who
are in cheek sometimes sing them wrong lyric I had a girl in the band for a
while she was saying just come on down to the fifth floor no matter what the
medium is I’m always trying to write music that touches your soul and I think
that pound-for-pound the Sister Sledge album maybe the best record we’ve ever
done so that was great seeing Niall on stage
in action you know he’s so cool and he’s such a natural rock on term performer
would you like to come and see oh my god scribbles oh it was a little bit dark in
there so it’s um it’s very sketchy and you can see it’s like language so you
always sit with your knee up like this yeah I wonder why you use your hands a
lot when you’re talking something like this makes me feel really cool because
just by having the guitar behind me feels that’s great for me it’s hard I am
because people always say God you play the guitar like it’s like appendage and
I just say well I just feel comfortable with it in my hands so I think we need
to put the guitar on the final painting maybe it just that just looks cool I’ve
never painted a guitar before but it’ll be a challenge and I’m really looking
forward to our sessions and it’ll be much more intimate and I think I’m gonna
learn some really interesting stuff about portrait artist at the year Christabel
Blackburn has a three year old son a new baby on the way and a 10,000 pound
commissioned portrait of Nile Rodgers to complete and like many who have to
juggle work and family commitments she’s learned to manage her time efficiently
since Milo was born I’ve had a lot less time to paint so I managed paint three
days a week nine o’clock I’m in and then 5:30 I leave as I know I’ve only got
those three days I means that I really make the most of it I think also having
had a child you do get that sort of post baby crisis where you think oh god I
haven’t done everything I wanted to do my career before having a child but now
I’ve got this balance which works really nicely one creative project demanding
christabel’s immediate attention is a series of paintings for her forthcoming
exhibition at London’s Alex Eagle studio I probably knew about the exhibition a
year ago but I worked right up to the last minute
it’s just how I do it it gives me a point of focus in a way the pressure of
the heats and having that four hour time restriction and an audience and all of
that is I think quite good for a painter because you have to perform you can’t
procrastinate and for me that worked really well it’s rare that I’ll paint a
portrait and four hours it’s quite it’s quite difficult to do this one was a
four hour portrait of my husband Charlie and he very kindly sat for me as
practice for the competition but I liked the immediacy of the marks and how it’s
kind of unfair to me Lizzie it’s not it’s him but it’s it’s not my best
representation of him he’s yours a little bit wide and his hands are a bit
unfinished but maybe I’ll go back to it one day Christabel first took part in the
competition in 2018 when she painted actor Meera Syal I didn’t feel confident
at all throughout the time I was painting her and I think it was because
at the time I wasn’t in such a confident place in my work I was trying to do
something that might please the judges rather than just sticking to what I
would have done normally at home I think that’s something I’ve learnt in this
competition is you’ve got to stay true to yourself you can’t paint for other
people painting portraits is a very different thing to the other work that I
do which is painting strangers effectively so this is a series of works
and they are just my kind of observations really from my people
watching out and about in London I sort of follow people are out of it and look
for characters that have got something about them so this guy with his hat and
his walking stick he was a great character and then this guy with his
afro and his raincoat just looked really cool and then the three of them together
in that space caught my attention as a good composition I just like to extract
that essence and get that down and I just don’t think you need anything else but a portrait is the chance for
Christabel to go beyond outward appearances and she’s hoping her next
sitting will provide an opportunity to get to know nyle better I just can’t
wait to talk to him and get all of those stories that I know are in there and to
find the real the real nyle these days nyle divides his time between New York
and London and for today’s sitting he’s meeting Christabel at the world-famous
Abbey Road Studios where has been chief creative advisor since 2017 working
closely with Managing Director Isabel Garvey the way nyle works at Abbey Road
it’s a joy to watch he builds real connections with people and that’s how
they develop such amazing music together and a great rapport there’s a really
positive energy when he’s in the building I’ve been here at Abbey Road
for more than a year I was looking for a new sort of headquarters everything in
the universe just sort of came together next thing you know I’m sitting here at
Abbey Road almost every day making new projects and nurturing lots of young new
talent budding music producers eager to follow in the footsteps of people like
Niall are mentored at the Abbey Road Institute next door and Christabel is
chosen to paint Niall on its rooftop to make the most of the natural light I
think it’s gonna be the perfect setting for our sitting and hopefully he’ll feel
really comfortable in this environment so in my mind at the moment my painting
of Niall is him standing with a completely plain background and just
upfront and in-your-face Niall full-length with his guitar
we had a great connection I think when we first met she was cool
she was analytical but playful she seemed like my kind of person like if we
were just hanging out we’d be fine if Christabel could show me a side of
myself that I may not recognize that would be amazing I say welcome but this is your my home
I’m in your home I know I’m thrilled to be here I’m glad to see you’re wearing
the dog collar again I never take it off so do I feel underdressed I mean it’s up
to you like me but that’s exactly how we want you you not staged not want real
life I don’t want the stately not stately no real Overhaulin so hardcore
Christabel has important decisions to make about scale and composition and
taking a series of photographs with hope and to explore all the options that’s
great I’ve noted Royal Albert my portrait that hang in the Royal Albert
Hall I mean these are things that as a child I couldn’t even comprehend I mean
it was something you never even think about as a matter of fact when they
explained it to me I went they do that that’s a thing that does look cool but
when you go in tighter that’s more you that seems more powerful but I am
wearing something that’s quite casual well I mean I’m not sure what the plan
is whether we’re having another sitting if we did you could wear something more
formal do you want to like dress it up we are we are really does she not know
know you come into my house in Connecticut and it’s on the water and
it’s great and it’s amazing yeah Wow thank you oh my gosh I’m a bit
overwhelmed with the added comfort of knowing that she can study the full
figure at the next sitting Cristobal can used today’s session to focus on Niles
face so now I’m just gonna chat and sort of paint I mean I don’t know how does it
turn out anyway it could be great or it could be just sort of colors all
splurged on this it’s like in the music business this is us writing demos is
that what it would be like I don’t know yeah it’s like the start of a project we
go in and we have just a fragment of an idea and the next thing you know that’s
let’s dance he’s got a really really good place to
paint because he’s got the Hat the glasses and that kind of anchors things
to start with from a painter’s point of view that’s quite handy what’s your
process how do you see the artistic process how do you I come from quite an
artistic family one sides music one sides art and fashions and my mum’s a
fashion designer she’s ready yeah they’re way cooler than me my family so
if I came home from school we’d sit and have art class as like our thing to do
and mainly it was drawing is the way I started and I’ve just always had a
fascination with people I’m just the crazy people watcher I like to just sit
and watch people go by and I’m just sewing in on those people I get yes so
I’m reading your book at the moment I’m halfway through I’m really enjoying it
Oh beautifully written I find it so incredible how much you’ve been through
in your life and you were just such a cool filled out guy I’m a two-time
cancer survivor and I didn’t know it was two times yeah
a year year and a half that’s fresh did you go through a lot with that
recovery were you in hospital for a long time no no no no I got surgery if
dionyza fendi cut them out so I just said cut it out doc and let’s see what
happens painting portraits is an intense process
because you’re one-on-one with someone and people tend to really open up it’s
like they’re in a therapists room it’s something about the environment I think
that people feel that they can really talk
my parents were the type of people who would easily go to a nudist colony or
things like that they weren’t uptight at all they was a he Mia was extremely
extremely so I mean they were just the hippest of the hip my mom she was doing
the whole Twiggy thing in America where not many black women were doing that so
my mom had an afro and super miniskirts and things like that and there would be
yellow and pink and iridescent colors you know so my mom would have friends
like felonious monk and Wow Sidney Poitier proposed marriage to my mom I
mean come on that could have been my stepfather
he’s just so easy to talk to that’s great for me because then I can just
listen and paint he’s had such an interesting life and known so many
famous incredible people yet he makes you feel completely at ease Madonna said
to me well now you should wear your hair and dreadlocks like jean-michel boss
yeah okay okay okay we’re about I mean you have been friends with some of the
most famous people yeah jean-michel David Bowie
David Andy Warhol Bowie was the one that allowed me to do it on my own
I thought of Bowie as this absolute super genius right after David I had a
string of great rock-and-roll successes and Bowie was the catalyst
I think I’ve got what I need for now okay would you like to see it I don’t
know okay that’s cool now roar just said my painting was cool that’s actually
really cool if I had just seen that I didn’t know it was me and I was
commenting on and I would say well what do you think about this guy I’d say well
he’s got a certain sense of fashion he feels comfortable in his own skin yes
doesn’t really care about what other people think about him but that’s
bullshit he does care that’s me I really do like that a lot
thank you so much thank you for giving me your time thank you
nothing to me I couldn’t believe it when Niall invited me to his house in
Connecticut I never thought that he’d even let me have another sitting with
him because I know he’s so busy so this is just a massive bonus but before her trip to the USA
Christabel must focus on the opening night of her exhibition the run-up to an exhibition is always
really nerve-racking but now that it’s here I’m just really for Porter I’m just
going to enjoy it Christabel has been supported by this
Soho gallery ever since its owner Alex Eagle fell in love with the way she
paints there’s something about her work that I just find really unique it’s kind
of super contemporary super fresh but a kind of really great take on portraiture
she catches posture she catches the demeanor of people with a tiny stroke of
a brush with the most simple means and with interest ordinary accuracy it’s
always great when you have positive feedback for your work because it Spurs
you on it gives you an idea of what people respond to so tonight is a good
night for me having this out of the way it means that my next sitting with nyle
is gonna be number one and all I really be thinking about and it’s gonna be a
relief because I don’t have to think about this anymore and I can just fully
concentrate on on that Christabel is heading off to Connecticut
where she’s been invited to join Nile Rodgers at his home for their final
sitting I have a sleep-like if someone had told me six months ago that I would
be on my way to Connecticut up to now Rodgers house to paint his portrait I
would have not believed them it feels very surreal I hope the fact
that he’s invited me to his house means that there was a bit of a connection
between us and that we got on quite well I’m hoping the advantage of being here
will somehow almost subconsciously inform my portrait just having that
essence of who he is where he comes from someone with more of an insight than
most into nails true character is his life partner of over 20 years
Nancy hunt I really hope and I have great faith in Christabel to capture his
positivity and his happiness and his just heat this glow about him he’s funny
he’s kind he’s generous he’s vulnerable he’s all of those things he was born on
this planet to give us music and to make us happy
that is who he is for Niall to have his portrait hung at
the Royal Albert Hall that means that he made a dent in this world in a way that
was very important to him now that we’re sort of on my turf and she’s coming to
my house oh my god how are you I think that having her capture me here it’s
gonna be a reflection of the me that people don’t usually see I love what
you’re wearing is this gonna be what what we have yes because it’s black and
white and then we can do something funky with the color in the background it’s
perfect for me as well well I love your work and I wanted to give you some
passion thank you come on in thank you go in and check out the crib the crib
you got it let’s head up to the studio so you can see where I spend most of my
life when records do well they give you gold and platinum records some of these
records were you know did extraordinarily well it’s the Freak the
biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records I don’t even know what
we’re up to now but it’s huge now I bought this house when he was just 27
years old and some of his biggest hits owe their existence to the hours spent
here in his studio this is uh where I do most of my work if I’m not at Abbey Road
this is where I am you’ve got to tell me about this so every year
Billboard magazine would rate the producers who had the most charted
singles the greatest impact as well that year simultaneously I had the number one
record the number two record and the number 3 record and even the Beatles
haven’t done that having multiple sittings with your
subject means you might capture something on one day that you didn’t get
on another day that little subtlety that twinkle in their eye that they might
have I don’t think that many people get to see him in his home to see where he
relaxes and works during this process there might be moments when I just kind
of go quiet okay where you go quiet or you say to me quiet well where we both
fall silent naturally then I might use that time to just paint you while you’re
still and not animated got it so is that your way of requesting me to be still
more than chatty no that’s not it really isn’t because we need to chat as well what was your thought process when you
decided to enter this competition and you know what it’s kind of a tradition
and not just not just art I suppose many things to enter competitions as a way of
progression and learning and getting yourself out there and getting yourself
known I’ve certainly learnt a lot about myself in that sense I’m kind of an
introvert I’m kind of someone who likes to be behind the scenes I get it so any
sort of attention praise or anything like that I don’t take that well we’re
sort of similar the reason why I concentrated on composing and production
was because you know it’s something I can do behind the scenes basically I was
terrified of people when you see any of our early interviews I rarely speak I
would have been pretty happy to be able to play with my back to the audience niall is a lot more relaxed now that
we’re in Connecticut I think I saw a different side to him he’s actually a
little bit shy I don’t know how much he actually loves being on stage so it was
nice to see that vulnerability in that side of him he’s not a natural extrovert
although he’s incredible on stage and no one would really know that I’d love to
have been a fly on the wall with your work with Madonna just the way that you
talked about her in your book it sounded like you guys just got on really well
friends so if I was a fly on the wall what would I see what would that be like
and before you answer that could you possibly switch your legs to how they
work and then wherever your hands rest not every record I work on I try and
make the session fun if we’re not laughing and joking
I’m not producing so Madonna you would have seen us having so much fun cracking
jokes but she was workhorse she was really disciplined no matter how many
times I would ask her to sing something she would do it without any hesitation
you know there was no ego like there was nothing like that yeah it was great we
had a blast but Diana Ross was the first star I have her work with what happened
was one night I went out to a club called the Gigi barnum room which was
basically a trance Club and when I went to the bathroom I noticed on either side
of me were all these Diana Ross impersonators and I thought to myself
wow how amazing is this the gay community held Diana Ross in really high
regard so we wrote a song that said I’m coming out and Diana Ross sang how’s it coming
how’s it coming along um I think it’s good I I wanted to capture your the way
that you’re sitting says so much about your character and I think I’ve got that
I think the way that I got it angled and I’m sitting
perhaps your head looks a little bit big but I won’t know that until I go and
stand over there yeah I think I’m almost my head looks a little big huh okay I
don’t think it’s cuz I need to just put your hair in quickly behind I can take a
boom right here ah that’s too late for that okay ready
oh that’s cool I’m really digging it yeah that’s cool it’s a composition
study so when I do your big painting I need to get some ideas of whether you’re
gonna be seated or standing or close up so you like it I love it I think it’s
really cool I actually found a bit of a kinship
there with him because I much prefer being behind the scenes and but I think
we’re both quite introverted in that sense and he certainly had to find that
extrovert side of him throughout his life I definitely want to try and
capture some of that in the painting I really like her personality I find the
similarities between she and myself to be actually pretty extraordinary it was
actually really surreal going to Connecticut to see Nile to just be there
for 24 hours the longer I spent with him the more he
relaxed and we chatted a lot very helpful for the painting since I came back from Connecticut I
have been IMing and are as to whether to do Nyles portrait full-figure or to kind
of go closer in to crop it my aim with this portrait really is to convey that
side of Nile Rodgers that no one else is gonna see apart from people that know
him very well that more subtle vulnerable side to Nile this point where you’re about to start
painting is actually quite nerve-wracking because you just want to
make sure you make the right decisions if you just make one wrong decision you
can end up having to cut down your canvas or start again you have to really
trust in yourself I’m pretty much always unsure kind of up until the last minute
I think on the finer points you know exactly where am I going to crop the
picture exactly what kind of color is going to go in the background I don’t
want it to just look like a copy of a photograph that anyone could have taken now I’ve got an image conjuring in my
mind so now I have to pull it out the bag and do it justice the portrait is finished and the day of
the unveiling at London’s Royal Albert Hall has finally arrived our winning artist Christabel blackburn
is about to discover if her 10,000 pound painting of nile rodgers will prove a
hit i’m kind of buzzing to be here you know Niles going to see the painting I
really hope he likes it I’m not going to lie I’m quite nervous about that because
it’s you know a big deal and I want to do everyone proud and I want to do him
justice I’m so lucky to have such a supportive family and they’re all here
there’s also one extra person here little Mary she’s about five weeks old
now so it’s pretty amazing to have her in tow as well as little Milo Cristobal was a great winner because of
her style she’s got this very cool pop heart way of painting with bright colors
clean edges and I’m just thinking you know you could almost say it was quite
chic the way she paints and Niall and chic I just only what a marriage is made
in heaven Christabel subject world-renowned
musician and producer Nile Rodgers has arrived with his life partner Nancy
hunter to see the portrait for the first time I’m never sad for painting all of
the other portraits that have been done of me have been done from photographs we’ve given Christabel an extraordinary
opportunity but we’ve also given her a lot of pressure it’s the Royal Albert
Hall it’s null waters this is a really big deal it’s a it’s a kind of
make-or-break painting really please this whole thing how was the process of
sitting for a portrait interesting I not used to just sitting still I’m always
doing something so good sitter Christopher he was very good very good
that still but but but talked at the same time so I could get to know you at
the same time so who’s the more nervous I’m definitely anxious I want to make
sure that you Dyke it and I do everyone proud right well I can’t wait any longer
so I think we should unveil Christopher Blackburn your prize Commission for
winning portrait artist of the year you give me a hand Niall oh I get to do it
let’s do it let’s do it together okay ready here we go I truly love it isn’t it great how
interesting this is figure being central and the instrument
being set aside it’s emblematic isn’t it well there were many many guitars in the
room and I think it was sort of not to make the other guitars jealous that is
the main guitar that’s called the hit maker is played on like a billion
dollars worth of music well it speaks a lot to your careers wonderful yeah and
what was interesting is that the trousers are African Dutch wax I wanted
the trousers I want the trousers those are amazing trousers and also it’s so
clean the rest of it is that so the trousers have their moment well style is
so much a part of you and so as music so that’s why I kind of went for the whole
figure as opposed to just a face well ladies and gentlemen I think another
round of applause for Christabel background when the cloth came down well it was
just so nice to have a big applause and for miles face to light up and for him
to say that he liked it that just meant everything it’s remarkable it’s a really
sophisticated painting it’s very cool it’s the Christabel that we’d know but
turned up a notch soon as she’s really risen to the occasion it’s very stark
and it’s on the edge or symbol and realism was always like an emblem of him
and it’s just very powerful in that we just come good really good I think
there’s no question at all I think crystals gonna have a long queue of
people waiting to Commission her I think she might be my favorite ever winner of
portrait I think this is a really really great artist Wow
I didn’t know what I was expecting but when it unveiled it was just beautiful
his hands especially she got so right if I didn’t see the rest of the painting
but I saw the hands I would have known it was him she’s clearly very talented
and of course everyone always needs a catalyst so hopefully this is her
catalyst when she looks back on this painting of Nile she can say it went to
another level from that moment we’d be very proud of
that oh I’m absolutely thrilled with the contrary I’ve been way to see what it
looks like and it’s absolutely fantastic it’s going to hang right file stage door
so hoodies legendary famous artists they’re going to see this portrait of
Nile Rodgers it deserves that place this is absolutely fabulous I’m
completely blown away by Christabel achievements I love the bag as he’s
sleeping over so cliche to say the last nine months have been a journey
Christabel winning this competition and Mary arriving in our lives – I couldn’t
be more proud it’s wonderful it really is I think it’s amazing I want it I’m
rarely the person sitting there and someone else is directing me so it was
great and she’s really cool I think she’s gonna be fantastic I think she’s
gonna be one of our art superstars I wind up commissioning arts it’s really
great flatness it’s cool I just feel like elated and sort of buzzing the fact
that nyle really liked it so happy I love the way it’s paired back me like
that so now sort of is so present I’ve always struggled with you know
confidence in my abilities to pain and I think this
process has really helped me and given me that validation and having people say
that they love my work can I get you to do another one nyle just said can I have
it and sadly he can’t but it’s really exciting he wants me to potentially do
something for him I mean that’s just the biggest accolade of all isn’t it to find out about the competition visit
our website sky arts artist of the year TV

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