Home is where the art is ...
I am very lucky to be able to work from my garden studio which doubles up as a little gallery and shop. It's a gorgeous, creative, calming space, and visitors are always very welcome by appointment ... I may even put the kettle on ...
WHAT THE CURATORS SAY ...
It is impossible to look at a Fenner animal work without a smile, a laugh or even a belly laugh ... they are a joy.
Sam Fenner's much sought after paintings don't hang on gallery walls for long. These animal portraits are much more than mere realistic images; they have a painterly quality which is an absolute joy, add to that the feeling that these animals have almost human characters, and then even more pleasure comes from seeing how the witty titles fit the characters so closely.
Every home should have one.
If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would eventually spend my days painting mad animal portraits, I would have laughed out loud and then handed them a stiff drink. But as unlikely as it seemed, that's where I am and that's what I do, and I count myself very lucky.
My motivation is kept alive by people's happy responses to the paintings. Ironically, there is no bigger compliment than hearing someone chuckle when looking at my work, and if I hear a guffaw ... job done.
I'm also comforted and somewhat relieved that there are other people out there who seem to share my slightly off-the-wall humour!