Cecilia Cardiff’s Glasgow
After studying in London during the '80s, Cecilia Cardiff returned to the Glasgow art scene, working as a designer and artist. Since turning to painting full time her work has exhibited regularly including The Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and The Paisley Arts Institute (PAI), gaining wide interest home and abroad, with Torchwood star and fellow Glaswegian John Barrowman a fan. Here she talks about art and the city.
How did you get into painting?
Art had always been a huge part of my life since I was a young child and although I worked as a graphic designer for 25 years I’d continued to carry out private commissions until busy family life took over. Then in June 2011 my husband, Douglas, bought me a set of acrylics and encouraged me to indulge in painting again. My mum was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease at the time and painting helped me relax.
What kind of art do you produce?
Figurative – waiters, Glasgow characters and tenements in oils. I like the strong architecture of Glasgow tenements and use bold blocks of vibrant colour in an attempt to reflect the lively character of the many occupants. Humour is important to my artwork and if I can make someone smile from my work, that makes me happy.
Where do you find your inspiration?
All around me. Urbanscapes and lifestyle inspire me. I love observing everyday life and the humour that lies behind individuals, their situations and personalities.
Glasgow’s known for this vibrant art scene.Where would be your ‘must visit’ for viewing art?
I enjoy open days at the various artists’ studios around Glasgow; the diverse works from paintings to pottery to jewellery are wonderful.
Best places for…
Cocktails? VinYard 28
Celebrations? Ubiquitous Chip
A romantic dinner? Crabshakk
Night out with friends? The Anchor Line
A long walk? Kelvingrove Park
Find out more at www.ceciliaartist.co.uk