Read part one of our interivew with Wayne HERE and details to connect HERE
Ø Where is your happy place?
Definitely the beach. I love water. I love the reflections on the sea bed and the colours. I’m also happy with a good book and a coffee, or a coffee and great company. I could sit for hours on a secluded beach just taking in the world around and pondering. I love to ponder, don’t you?
Ø What are you addicted to?
See above. Coffee, coffee coffee.
Ø What gives your art meaning?
Surprisingly, emotion. There is so much emotion that goes into my paintings. Under all my acrylic pieces is a painted work or poem about something I’ve encountered or felt. Appreciation also gives my art meaning. Knowing that someone else can see and appreciate my creations just gives me a warm fuzzy. You know the type.....
Ø What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
Well I’m about to realise one of my dreams of owning a villa in a tropical climate. Somewhere to ponder, relax and eventually retire. One of my biggest dreams is to find someone to love and cherish. Someone to be my best friend and partner. Someone to laugh and cry with and someone to help me sit and ponder. On that beach or in that villa. Someone to complete me and share life with....... gosh I’m such a romantic at heart.
Ø If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
Well this is true. I have had a lot of jobs in different fields over the years. My current job as an onboard manager for Qantas is the longest stint I’ve had in any job. I just love it. I love meeting such diverse characters and working with some of the most caring people in the world. However, if you offered me a job to paint all day, create set design and create memories and to blog about them, all whilst sitting on that tropical beach or in the villa I wouldn’t say no.
Allow me a moment to introduce myself...
My name is: Wayne Herring
What is your artistic discipline? There are a few. Ive always been creative and studied design at university with an honours degree in set design for theatre. I’m a self taught artist and tend to stick to acrylic and watercolour though pastels and oils also feature. I’m fairly new to watercolours and love the fluidity of it. Switching between acrylic and watercolour has its challenges as they both require very different application techniques.
Ø What was your first job?
My very first job was a newspaper round but then moved to working in a bakery at the early hours of the morning to pay my way through university. I’m definitely not an early morning person!
Ø What are some of your technical/artistic/personal “rules” that you never break?
Honesty and integrity have always remained my personal values. When it comes to my art, Ive always been of the opinion that one must create work for fun, learning and expression and not for the dollar value. It gives me some sense of happiness whenever I gift or sell a painting knowing that a part of me has a good home and is appreciated for what it is.
Ø What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
Wow. Lots. Ive really had to learn how to let go of things. That’s quite a challenge when someone such as me becomes attached to ideas, ideals, art and people. Learning to let go of who I thought I was, society’s ideals and people’s expectations. I’m my art Ive had to unlearn perfection and perceived perfection. Learning to stop adding when you thinks it’s done.
Ø What is next? Where are you heading with your work?
I’m just starting... what is next? Well I think I’d love to explore more. Explore more self expression. I’m just learning that I do have a style and that I need to let people appreciate it. For years I always thought that I wasn’t good enough to sell and always had in my mind that “I will never be as good as them”. In actuality I’m heading in a direction of creating and refining my brand. I’m currently developing a Kimberley series in the north west of Western Australia.
Ø What things do you think should be done the old-fashioned way
Manners. One should always be polite and have manners. Oh and phone calls. These days people rely too much upon sms and email and the like and it’s very hard to get someone’s intentions this way. I love a good chat on the phone or over coffee. Emotions and intentions are so easily read this way and communication is all about body language and tone. The other thing that should be done the old fashioned way is dating. No one seems to date properly anymore, I dunno, call me old fashioned and a romantic if ya like.