Ep 86 - Mary Jane Ansell : Impress Yourself First

I had a lovely chat with artist Mary Jane Ansell in the U.K. Mary paints pristine paintings of modern subjects in a style she describes as, “contemporary romanticism.” She has been a finalist in the BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Her work features on the covers of a number of novels, and an Adam Ant album cover. She has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world.

We talk about Leonard Cohen, baking, baths, kebabs, and of course art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Adam Ant,
  • Influences,
  • Idea origins,
  • Dreams,
  • Choosing models,
  • Photo shoots,
  • Fixing charcoal layers,
  • Aluminum panels,
  • Color palette,
  • Lint,
  • Mediums,
  • Varnish,
  • Action painting,
  • Painting women,
  • Artistic dreams,
  • Underlying themes,
  • BP portrait...

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